Summary of passage: Isaiah describes how God will bring forth distant nations to conquer Israel and enact His justice for their sins.
11a) God will allow distant nations to overtake Israel’s land and people.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Personally, no. I wouldn’t want to be conquered. Yet, for Israel, in this time, I would say yes since their sins are great and they heed no warnings to repent. Punishment is inevitable. [This question is hard since we do not live in their time.]
12a) Personal Question. My answer: That God uses war (something He despises) to enact justice. Because in war people are killed, women are raped, families are separated, etc. War is the worst instrument of justice in my opinion.
b) Personal Question. My anwer: Personally, I wouldn’t want to be. One always appreciates something more when it’s gone. When I lived in a camper, my next house was a mansion! God is teaching His people to appreciate Him through bereavement so I believe being forced from the Promised Land ultimately was a good thing for the people of Israel.
Conclusion: Most of these questions were personal in nature. However, I hope by providing my answers, it helps you as you answer your questions. I know sometimes I’m think, “What are they getting at here?” so you can see at least what I think they are looking for. I will try to do this as often as possible as long as I am comfortable with the question.
Easy passage. Not so easy to think about how you view God’s justice. Interesting day.