TOPIC: GOD WILL DEAL WITH DAMASCUS
TEXT: ISAIAH 17: 1 – 9
God's anger has turned on Damascus, the capital of today's Syria. The city will be deserted and left to animals without anyone to scare them, v2. Ephraim is mentioned in v3 because of her alliance with Damascus against Assyrians. The Prophet shifts from Damascus to prophesy against the Northern kingdom of Israel (vs 4-11). Verse 5 states that the glory of Jacob will fade but will not be completely destroyed (verse 6). The few remnants will turn back to seeking the face of God, (verse 7). Because they turned their backs on God, their efforts will be fruitless (v.11).