Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sad State for Israel Isaiah 3

Isaiah 3:15 "What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the LORD God of hosts."

I am not Jewish but as a Christian and student of the Bible I have very strong feelings for Israel. I can see the majesty they once had and the sin that brought them low. Also, I relate it to our own country. Many of the things that happened in Israel to anger God are happening in our own country. I once said to a congregation: 'In the old days, people were ashamed to get caught doing bad things, evil things. Nowadays, if they get caught, they stand up proudly and say "so what". They are no longer ashamed.

v9 "The show of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves."

This chapter seems to be aimed at the leaders who should have led the people in the right way but did not. They have not honored God and cared for the poor.

v1 "For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water."

v2 "The mighty man and the man of war, the judge and the prophet and the prudent and the ancient,"

The leadership is to be taken away out of Judah and Jerusalem. It will be utter disorder and it was. After the people were carried into captivity, the enemy left only a few to care for the vineyards and they were the poorest of the land.

v8 "For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen, because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory."

The propaganda that came out in force a couple of decades ago, in the country, was that our country was not founded on Christian principles by Christian leaders. Many of our leaders were discredited for some deed they did. The promoters of these lies failed to mention that the Bible is so intertwined with the law that every law would have to be rewritten to remove it.

From there, the truth (the Bible) was taken away from children by removing it from schools. Now that generation has raised children, many of whom do not honor God or know nothing of His ways. So it was in Israel, they had even lost the book of laws at one time until it was found by a good king when he cleaned out the house of God.

The rest of the chapter is devoted to a description of a beautiful woman as was Jerusalem but because of sin that beauty left the city. v26 "And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground."

Once a people loose heart, defeat is not far behind.

Revelation 21:2 "And I John saw the holy city new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband."

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