Week 29   Day 3

  

In Isaiah's day, God's people had strayed 
            
from the ideals of the covenant

             to the idols of contemporary life 

 

Although holding to the

outward forms of religion

            their hearts were far from God

            and they sinned without shame

 

The people became blind to God

            being  unable to distinguish

            between good and evil 

Then God became deaf to them.  

 

 

The kingdoms of Israel and Judah

            were weak and

             overrun by neighboring nations 

These were hard times of

            war

            famine and

            oppression 

Isaiah and other prophets

            used these disasters

            to call God's people

            to repentance

            and renewed faith.

 

  

Isaiah believed that all creation

            is totally dependent upon God 

Everything we are

            or have

comes from God's gracious hand 

That being so 

            it is not wise

            to separate oneself

            from God

            who is the source of life.



                                NO CENTS; NO SCENTS
You will lose everything you are proud of, and depend on.
                                               Isaiah 3

 

     1Behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts,

Takes away from Jerusalem and Judah the stock and the store,

The whole supply of bread and the whole supply of water;

2The mighty man and the man of war,

The judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder;

3The captain of fifty and the honorable man,

The counselor, the skillful artisan, and the expert enchanter.

     4"I will give children to be princes, and babes shall rule.

5The people will be oppressed, every one by his neighbor;

The child will be insolent; the base toward the honorable."

     8Jerusalem stumbled, and Judah is fallen,

Because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord.

9The look on their countenance witnesses against them,

They declare their sin as Sodom; they do not hide it.

Woe!  For they have brought evil upon themselves.

     13The Lord stands up to plead, and to judge the people,

14The elders of His people and His princes:

"You have eaten up the vineyard;
The plunder of the poor i
s in your houses. 
15What do you mean by crushing
My people
And grinding the faces of the poor!

     16"Because the daughters of Zion are haughty,

And walk with outstretched necks and wanton eyes,

Walking and mincing as they go, jingling with their feet;

17Therefore the Lord will strike the crown of their head,

And the Lord will uncover their secret parts."

     18The Lord will take away the finery:  the jingling anklets,

The scarves, the crescents; 19the pendants, bracelets, and veils;

20The headdresses, the leg ornaments, and the headbands;

The perfume boxes, the charms, and the rings; the nose jewels,

22The festal apparel, the mantles; the outer garments, the purses,

23And the mirrors; the fine linen, the turbans, and the robes.

     24So it shall be; instead of a sweet smell

There will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope;

Instead of well-set hair, baldness;

Instead of a rich robe, a girding of sackcloth;

And branding instead of beauty.

     5Your men shall fall by the sword; your mighty in the war.

26Her gates shall lament and mourn,

And she being desolate shall sit on the ground.
          This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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