They Look To The Earth

They Look To The Earth

Isaiah 8:19-22

And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living? To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness.

Isaiah is speaking about those who choose to consult mediums and spiritualists, those who feel the dead can give foresight and insight to the living.  He is talking about those who choose not to have God in their hearts.  He informs them of the results of such a choice.  Isaiah is addressing what happens to us when times are tough, our faith is tested, and we have failed to let God into our hearts. Continue reading

Humble and Contrite

Humble and Contrite

Isaiah 66:1-2

Thus says the Lord:
“Heaven is my throne,
    and the earth is my footstool;
what is the house that you would build for me,
    and what is the place of my rest?
All these things my hand has made,
    and so all these things came to be,
declares the Lord.
But this is the one to whom I will look:
    he who is humble and contrite in spirit
    and trembles at my word

Through the words of Isaiah, God is reminding us about what matters most in our lives, and that is having God in your heart.

This is one of the issues I have with the large corporate churches.  They tell us that their lavish buildings and furnishings are for the glory of God.  They tell us that the amount of money that flows through the organization is for doing the work of the Lord.    I’m not quite sure what their excuse is for the lavish life style they lead.  Perhaps they feel it is their just reward, the universe balancing out for them, rewarding them for being such a good person.  I don’t begrudge anyone for making any amount of money, no matter how obscene it might seem, but just be honest about it. Continue reading

Power and Corruption

Power and Corruption

I read this verse from the Bible and even though it was written thousands of years ago one place from today immediately came to mind.

Read it and see if you think the same as I do.

Isaiah Chapter 1 Verses 21 through 23: Continue reading

The Fools Will No More Be Called Noble

The Fools Will No More Be Called Noble

Isaiah 32:5

“The fool will no more be called noble, nor the scoundrels said to be honorable.”

When I read that verse I had to write it down.  I guess I wrote it down because it gives me some hope.

I thought here is another example of the prophecies of the Bible that apply today and probably throughout the existence of mankind.  I thought about how hopeful I am that this is prophetic about Washington DC, for Washington has become nothing but a town of fools and scoundrels.

Fools in the sense of how foolish these people are in their own self importance.  They are not stupid people just foolish people.

And scoundrels, I think you would be hard press to find one that isn’t a scoundrel. Continue reading

The Whip Will Not Come To Us

The Whip Will Not Come To Us

Isaiah 28:14-15

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

We Withhold From Ourselves

We Withhold From Ourselves

Matthew 13:10-15

The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;
    though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
For this people’s heart has become calloused;
    they hardly hear with their ears,
    and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’

 

The Disciples of Christ asked why he was teaching the masses in parables, which for many, were difficult to understand.  They wondered why Christ did not tell all the followers and all the leaders of his coming, his purpose, and the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven. Continue reading

Silent Dogs

Silent Dogs

Isaiah 56:9-12

All you beasts of the field, come to devour—
    all you beasts in the forest.
His watchmen are blind;
    they are all without knowledge;
they are all silent dogs;
    they cannot bark,
dreaming, lying down,
    loving to slumber.
The dogs have a mighty appetite;
    they never have enough.
But they are shepherds who have no understanding;
    they have all turned to their own way,
    each to his own gain, one and all.
“Come,” they say, “let me get wine;
    let us fill ourselves with strong drink;
and tomorrow will be like this day,
    great beyond measure.”

The heading of these verses in the English Standard Version of the Bible is “Israel’s Irresponsible Leaders”.

Isaiah is speaking to Israel who has stop walking in the way of the Lord.  Isaiah is pointing out that their deviation from God and righteousness is coming from the top down.  He is speaking of leaders who have turned from doing what is right for the people and are only doing what is best for the leaders’ own benefit.  And of course if you have read some of my previous posts you will know that I see this ancient commentary on society as being as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. Continue reading