The prophet, Isaiah, continues his message from God to the people of Israel and Judah. I found verses 18 – 25 jumped off the page for me this morning. It’s a 4-part message that a good Baptist preacher might get ahold of because all 3 points start with “Destruction is Certain…”:
18 Destruction is certain for those who drag their sins behind them, tied with cords of falsehood. 19 They even mock the Holy One of Israel and say, “Hurry up and do something! Quick, show us what you can do. We want to see what you have planned.”
I found this to be very interesting. “…those who drag their sins behind them, tied with cords of falsehood.” I’ve heard sin described as a weight, but I often think of the yoke of an ox, a heavy weight on our shoulders. I’ve not considered that we drag them behind us with cords of falsehood. This makes me think of those sins we have difficulty shaking, those reocurring sins that we run back to whenever things get tough. What are the cords of falsehood? How do we finally sever those cords and move on, unencumbered by our sins?
20 Destruction is certain for those who say that evil is good and good is evil; that dark is light and light is dark; that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.
Do you know people like this? They twist the truth to fit their own agenda. I can think of several issues that seem to be twisted in our culture today: abortion, homosexuality, radical Islam, pornography…and the list goes on. It’s easier to call these things “acceptable” and demand “tolerance” than it is to deal with them head on. So, those prone to them thrive because no one is confronting them with the truth.
21 Destruction is certain for those who think they are wise and consider themselves to be clever.
Ew. I’m sure you know someone like this. I do. All I can say is, “Destruction is certain…”
22 Destruction is certain for those who are heroes when it comes to drinking, who boast about all the liquor they can hold. 23 They take bribes to pervert justice. They let the wicked go free while punishing the innocent. 24 Therefore, they will all disappear like burning straw. Their roots will rot and their flowers wither, for they have rejected the law of the LORD Almighty. They have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
Drinking heroes. And, from the description, I get the sense we’re talking about government officials or judges because verse 23 references justice and judgement (flawed judgement). The destruction is certain and swift – like burning straw.
While all this is heavy and difficult to read, we must remember that God is a holy God. He simply cannot tollerate sin. That’s where Jesus Christ comes in. What He did on the cross allows us to restore our relationship with God and shed the weight of our sin. The message of the Good News is, repent and follow Him.
With Christ, your Redemption is Certain