Judgment on Judah And Jerusalem

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Judgment

In this chapter Isaiah denounces the sins of the people and especially those of the different upper class. He warns the people of Judah that God will take away their leadership and everything they have been depending on for their survival (vv. 1-3). In place of their national leaders God tells them that He will give them “children” and “babes” to rule over them (v. 4). This was actually fulfilled when Manasseh came to the throne at the age of l2 and began his long and wicked reign. He also states that He will even take away their food and water.

This section describes what happens when a nation loses its leadership (vv. 5-9). Instead of being repentant the people were proud of their sins, parading them out in the open (v. 9-11). This is true today as you see the homosexuals demanding their rights and murder of babies being legalized and financially supported by our government through abortion clinics. Sin may appear glamorous and exciting but it is wrong regardless of how society perceives it. In the long run, it will make us miserable and destroy us. It may even seem disheartening for us to see the wicked prosper while we struggle to obey God and follow His plan but we can be sure that God will bring about justice in the end.

It is disheartening to see the wicked prosper while we struggle to obey God and follow His plan. Yet we need to keep holding on to God’s truth and take heart! God will bring about justice in the end, and he will reward those who have been faithful.

Application

I will never be able to straighten out the wickedness of this world. Only God can do that and He is in charge. My only concern is to be faithful to Him in all I do and all I say.

Isaiah 3:1-12 (English Standard Version)

For behold, the Lord GOD of hosts is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah support and supply, all support of bread, and all support of water; the mighty man and the soldier, the judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder, the captain of fifty and the man of rank, the counselor and the skillful magician and the expert in charms. And I will make boys their princes, and infants shall rule over them. And the people will oppress one another, every one his fellow and every one his neighbor; the youth will be insolent to the elder, and the despised to the honorable. For a man will take hold of his brother in the house of his father, saying: "You have a cloak; you shall be our leader, and this heap of ruins shall be under your rule"; in that day he will speak out, saying: "I will not be a healer; in my house there is neither bread nor cloak; you shall not make me leader of the people." For Jerusalem has stumbled, and Judah has fallen, because their speech and their deeds are against the LORD, defying his glorious presence. For the look on their faces bears witness against them; they proclaim their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves. Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him. My people--infants are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, your guides mislead you and they have swallowed up the course of your paths.

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