For it is a day of tro9ble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord GOD of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of df crying in the mountains….Ye made also aa ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool; but ye have not looked unto the maker thereof, nether had respect unto him that fashioned it long ago. And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth. And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine; let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we shall die.
And it was revealed in mine ears, by the LORD of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith the Lord GOD of hosts. …Go get thee unto this treasurer, even unto Sheba, which is over the house, and say; What has thou here? And whom has thou here, that thou has hewed thee out a sepulcher here, as he that heweth him out a sepulcher on high, and that graveth an habitation for himself in a rock? He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large country; there shall thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord’s house. …And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity; from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons. In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fail, and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off, for the LORD hath spoken it! Isaiah 22:5, 11-14- 16, 18, 25
According to our scripture text, God speaks to His Servant Isaiah in the midst of troubling times. While God has revealed Himself to those whom He chose, called and sanctified unto Himself, Israel persistent in their evil ways, backsliding and running-a-whoring after other gods. Once again finding themselves perplexed, after all they still sacrificed the sheep, slayed the oxen, abstained from eating the flesh of unclean animals, right. In other words, they were religious. They went to church, most Sundays, at least. And they read the Daily Bread on line, if time allowed. Okay, they tried tithing but after all, the church wasn’t gonna pay their rent, car note or electric bill, C’mon nah! Ain’t nobody perfect! And besides that, JESUS PAID IT ALL?
Somehow, like us, they forgot that The SOVEREIGN Lord GOD of hosts and had given them EVERYTHING, was a Jealous God Who rightfully expected faithful obedience motivated by love and gratitude, could not continue to overlook and reward their willful disobedience!
Nevertheless, when trouble came, rather than humbly repenting, weeping in sackcloth and ashes before The Mercy Seat and standing firmly in faithful commitment to God, they responded by heaping upon themselves high ranking deceitful leaders and teachers, like Shebna. driven by self-aggrandizing hedonistic fatalism, who took full advantage of their lusts, greed and rebelliousness! As a result of forsaking The True and Living Creator and Sustainer of Life, destruction was upon them and they were carried away by nations more evil then themselves. THEY GOT WHAT THEY WANTED, BUT LOST WHAT THEY HAD! #4REAL
GOD had established Jerusalem as the pinnacle and epiphany of those who would seek Him first , striving to live their lives following His statutes and commands would drive other nations to covet and envy their covenant love relationship to GOD! Yet their refusal to hear and obey His Heart provoked GOD to reveal the other side of His RIGHTEOUSNESS, JUSTICE!
Beloved, God is NOT obligated to shield, protect, provide or promote those who have a form of godliness but deny HIS Divine Authority, Power and Right as to rule and reign as LORD OVER THE ENTIREITY OF THEIR LIVES according to HIS DIVINE PURPOSE AND PLAN!
GOD, refusing to give up His Family, gave Isaiah a vision in the valley of burden, chaos, confusion, devastation and trauma, that in the fullness of time, He would raise up ANOTHER MAN unlike ANY, clothed in a Robe of RIGHTEOUSNESS, STRENGTHENED with HOLY SPIRIT, FASTENED AS A NAIL IN A SURE PLACE, ESTABLISHED and EXALTED HIS NAME ABOVE ALL OTHERS, HANGING UPON HIM ALL THE GLORY OF HIS FATHERS HOUSE, COMMITTING THE GOVERNMENT OF THIS WORLD AND THE WORLD TO COME INTO HIS HANDS! THAT MAN IS JESUS!
PRECIOUS ONE, STOP LOOKING TO THE ARM OF FLESH TO DO WHAT ONLY GOD CAN! SET YOUR AFFECTIONS ON THINGS ABOVE AND NOT BENEATH!
TRUTHBTOLD, while kings and kingdoms, presidents and dictators, elections and coups of this world have come and gone, WE HAVE AN ETERNAL KING WHO LIVES AND REIGNS FOREVER AND EVER! JESUS IS LORD!
Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!