Thursday, April 22, 2010

Isaiah 3

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Isaiah 3 states - "a warning to all nations not to provoke God; for if they make him their enemy, he can and will thus make them miserable."

Yesterday my focus was on the very splendor of God, that if we could only see Him in our minds eye, our awe of Him only would keep us at His feet and away from the very desire to collect idols that we adore.

In this chapter I see Him as Sovereign, as The LORD of Host who is our stay and our foundation. He is our bread of life and our living water, and yet here in this chapter He talks about removing the very physical sustenance we depend on.

vs 1 See now, the Lord,
the LORD Almighty,
is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah
both supply and support:
all supplies of food and all supplies of water

He is not just the Lord, but “the LORD”, ruler over all and ruler of all; Sovereign. Because of sin; The LORD allows for calamity, famine, leaders to fall, young to rise up and use profanity against the elders.

vs 5 People will oppress each other—
man against man, neighbor against neighbor.
The young will rise up against the old,
the base against the honorable.

It’s not too far of a stretch to see our society today right here in this text. We as a country have turned our backs on the very God who is our stay and our foundation. Just as there were a few who were righteous and Gods words of protection are over them, so I pray that His protection is over those righteous in Christ Jesus today.

vs10 Tell the righteous it will be well with them,
for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.

If God is who He says He is, and He will do what He says He will do, if this Truth was spoken over Judah and Jerusalem, we can surely know that He will not wink at our sin either. Not as a Nation and not as those who say they belong to Him. God seemingly had no problem clearing the decks in this text for a people He had called His own. He willingly removed from them food, water, leadership, and direction because of their sin, their desire to live in a state of Sodom, where their will and their desires became the god. Not the God who called them His own.

There is no box big enough that contains our God, we cannot just equate Him with love; and remove from His character Justice. Or only see Him as our provider and not see Him as the one who also takes away. He is a jealous God who will do whatever it takes to bring our focus and our adoration to Him. He loved Judah and Jerusalem enough to remove everything else from them so that they would look up and see the one who loved them more than they ever understood.

What could it be in my life or yours that brings us to our knees to see Him High and Lifted Up, to know Him in all His fullness. To know him as LORD.

1 comment:

  1. Makes me think of the song "Bring the Rain." "If that's what it takes to praise you, Jesus bring the rain."
    I prayed the words of that song, then questioned God, "What is going on?" He gently reminded me of my prayer. Through the "rain" I do love and know Him more.
    Great post Susan.