Isaiah 2:10 Hide and Seek

Isaiah 2:10 Enter the rock and hide in the dust from the terror of the LORD and from the splendor of His majesty.

The grammar of the verse in Hebrew is amusing and revealing. “Enter” is a simple action verb. The enemies are entering into the rocks. They think their actions are effective and undetected. The verb “hide” is a reflexive or Niphal verb form. In other words, they were observed going into hiding. This is no secret as far as God is concerned. God is completely aware of the location of these hiders and their intent. Hide and Seek with God is not recommended.

The same mentality is noted in the context of time across Scripture. In the future, this notion is observed in Revelation 6:15-16. Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb… We know that Lamb to be Jesus. The context is universal. People from all walks of life, rich or poor, are in hiding.

When we look to the past in Joshua 10:16, we observe hiding in the rocks. Now these five kings had fled and hidden themselves in the cave at Makkedah.  These five kings had formed an alliance against Israel under the leadership of Joshua as the Israelites were entering into the land God had promised. Things did not work out well for those five kings as noted in verses 26-27. So afterward Joshua struck them and put them to death, and he hanged them on five trees; and they hung on the trees until evening. It came about at sunset that Joshua gave a command, and they took them down from the trees and threw them into the cave where they had hidden themselves, and put large stones over the mouth of the cave, to this very day. So they were buried where they were hiding.

This is a pattern of behavior by the enemies God. “Let’s go hide in a cave!” In today’s world, God’s enemies are much more sophisticated (so they think); they hide in cement bunkers deep in the ground. This verse could be stripped from today’s headlines. Here is a headline from Reuters earlier in January 2012, Iran Nuclear Sites May Be Beyond Reach of “Bunker Busters”. One can wonder the destination of those hiding in bunkers today, those who oppose God’s chosen people…

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