Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers,
who rule this people in Jerusalem!
Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death,
and with Sheol we have an agreement,
when the overwhelming whip passes through
it will not come to us,
for we have made lies our refuge,
and in falsehood we have taken shelter”;
Isaiah is reprimanding the leaders in Jerusalem. Isaiah lived during the time of 740 to 680 BC. So Isaiah’s words speak of what was going on in ancient times. But Isaiah could go to D.C. today, stand on the steps of the Capitol Building, speak these words and they would still be applicable.
Isaiah addresses the leaders as scoffers, those who scoff, speak of God scornfully, derisively and mockingly. The leaders who scoff at righteousness and wish to make themselves gods who will define for all, their idea of righteousness. And by all they mean everyone except themselves. They will set the moral standards by which the unwashed masses will live their lives. For the people they govern are uneducated and unenlightened. They cannot see the vision of the self-proclaimed gods. Continue reading