Yahweh comes (Isa 28:20-28:22)

“The bed is too short

To stretch oneself on it.

The covering is too narrow

To wrap oneself in it.

Yahweh will rise up

As on Mount Perazim.

He will rage

As in the valley of Gibeon.

To do his deed!

Strange is his deed!

To work his work!

Alien is his work!

Now therefore do not scoff!

Your bonds will be made stronger.

I have heard a decree of destruction

From Yahweh God of hosts

Upon the whole land.”

Isaiah explains that your beds will be too short and the covers on your beds too narrow to cover you. This would indicate that he was referring to taller people like giants who could not get a comfortable bed. Yahweh was going to rise in anger as he had done at Mount Perazim and Gibeon. Perazim was a place between Jerusalem and Hebron where King David defeated the Philistines in 2 Samuel, chapter 5 and 1 Chronicles, chapter 14. There it was called Baal-Perazim. Gibeon was a place north of Jerusalem where Joshua defeated 5 kings in Joshua, chapter 10. Yahweh’s work was going to happen, even if an alien had to do it. They were not to be scoffers. Yahweh, God of hosts, had issued a decree of destruction for the whole land.

A victory over the Philistines (1 Chr 14:8-14:12)

“When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up in search of King David. But King David heard about it and went out against them. Now the Philistines had come and made a raid in the valley of Rephaim. King David inquired of Yahweh. ‘Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?’ Yahweh said to King David. ‘Go up. I will give the Philistines into your hand.’ King David went up to Baal-perazim. He defeated the Philistines there. He said. ‘Yahweh has burst out against my enemies by my hand, like a bursting flood.’ Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim. The Philistines abandoned their idol gods there. At King David’s command, they were burned.”

Once again, we have an almost word for word the account from 2 Samuel, chapter 5. However, this probably should have preceded the event of moving the Ark of the Covenant. When the Philistines heard that David was now king of all Israel, they set out against him. In this passage King David went out to do battle with them, when in the 2 Samuel passage King David went to his stronghold to prepare. There was a battle at Baal-perazim which is between Hebron and Jerusalem. Before King David went to battle, he directly consulted with Yahweh. Yahweh told him to go forward and attack, because Yahweh was with him. The battle seemed easy since the Philistines were like a flood of water bursting out before them. The Philistines left their idols that were burned by King David and his men. In 2 Samuel, chapter 5, he merely gathered them up, but here he also burns them. Remember that once King David had been good friends with the Philistine king of Gath, Asher.