Since the thirteenth chapter Isaiah has been proclaiming messages called “burdens” in the KJV; they are particularly messages of warning and judgment coming on those nations mentioned. Babylon, Egypt, Moab, Damascus to name a few.
The “burden” in this chapter is directed to Jerusalem or Israel as a whole. While the other “burdens” were named against nations and peoples who were unfriendly and cruel to Israel this one is directed straight at the city and people of Jerusalem.
Why called “Valley of vision”? It could be possibly because they have been a lofty city. Geographically, Jerusalem is an upwards climb from most locations of Israel. Most of the time when it is mentioned, it is always “Up to Jerusalem” from someone headed there. When you are going to a valley the motion is always downward. That is the state Jerusalem and Israel are in as we read this chapter.
Read verses 1 – 7,
“The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops? Thou that art full of stirs, a tumultuous city, a joyous city: thy slain men are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle. All thy rulers are fled together, they are bound by the archers: all that are found in thee are bound together, which have fled from far. Therefore said I, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly, labour not to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people. For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord GOD of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains. And Elam bare the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield. And it shall come to pass, that thy choicest valleys shall be full of chariots, and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.” Isaiah 22:1-7 (KJV)
It seems in reading these verses that they have been surrounded by enemy forces, and with peril around them they are partying without any regard or though toward God their Creator and Sustainer. When they should have been weeping, mourning and praying with repentance they were playing. Sounds like another nation I know about, and live within. God forgive us.
This sound of the valley of vision is similar to Ezekiel’s vision in Ezekiel 37, the words of Jeremiah 21:13 and Joel 3:12, 14. Maybe this speaks of the depths to which the people have sank. Something to consider any how.
There are two men who are named within Jerusalem; Shebna who is possibly a scribe and holding a seat of honor; then, there is Eliakim who is referred to as “My Servant” (v. 20). Shebna loses his place of honor due to his disobedience to God and failure to do his duty; and the place is given to Eliakim because of his faithfulness.
We are told of Eliakim,
“And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call My servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah: and I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.” vv. 20-22
Keys are symbols of authority. If you possess a key, whether it is to your property or another’s it shows you have the right to enter or to the use of that property. Any one forcing entry or use is an illegal user; with the exception of permission by the authority of one with the key. Jesus used these words describing Himself,
“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith He that is holy, He that is true, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My word, and hast not denied My name.” Revelation 3:7-8
Eliakim was to make decisions, and they would be sure and fast decisions, until the time of his fall.
Jesus’s kingdom and reign will never fall and never fail. His kingdom is sure and stedfast.
-Tim A. Blankenship