The Day of the Lord

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Worship

The phrase “replenished from the east” meant that they had become filled with the pagan influences from Assyria and Babylon to the east (vv. 6-7). The people were following practices of the Assyrian empire. Under the reign of evil kings, idol worship flourished in both Israel and Judah. The only exception to this was when Judah had a few good kings (vv. 8-9). Though very few people worship carved or molded images today, worshiping objects that symbolize power continues. We pay homage to cars, homes, sports figures, celebrities, money etc. It is interesting to see how the growth of Eastern religions in the world today is both frightening and challenging. Even people who are not religious are practicing Eastern forms of meditation and relaxation.

The day of the Lord is the day of judgment, the time when God will judge both evil and good (vv. 10-12). That day will come and we will want a proper relationship with God when it does. God alone must be exalted as the first step toward developing a relationship with Him. High towers and fortified walls were part of a city or nation’s defenses (vv. 13-17). This refers to milatary fortresses. The ships picture the economic prosperity. Nothing can compare with the place God must have in our hearts and minds. To place our hope elsewhere is nothing but false pride. We find a description of the terror of God’s enemies on the day of His wrath (vv. 18-22).

Application

Nothing should substitute the place God wants to have in my heart and mind. Does He really have first place in my life or does someone or something become more important to me? The test is how much time do I spend with Him in comparison to what I spend doing other things?

Isaiah 2:6-22 (English Standard Version)

For you have rejected your people, the house of Jacob, because they are full of things from the east and of fortune-tellers like the Philistines, and they strike hands with the children of foreigners. Their land is filled with silver and gold, and there is no end to their treasures; their land is filled with horses, and there is no end to their chariots. Their land is filled with idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their own fingers have made. So man is humbled, and each one is brought low-- do not forgive them! Enter into the rock and hide in the dust from before the terror of the LORD, and from the splendor of his majesty. The haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled, and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. For the LORD of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up--and it shall be brought low; against all the cedars of Lebanon, lofty and lifted up; and against all the oaks of Bashan; against all the lofty mountains, and against all the uplifted hills; against every high tower, and against every fortified wall; against all the ships of Tarshish, and against all the beautiful craft. And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled, and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low, and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. And the idols shall utterly pass away. And people shall enter the caves of the rocks and the holes of the ground, from before the terror of the LORD, and from the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to terrify the earth. In that day mankind will cast away their idols of silver and their idols of gold, which they made for themselves to worship, to the moles and to the bats, to enter the caverns of the rocks and the clefts of the cliffs, from before the terror of the LORD, and from the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to terrify the earth. Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?

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