What a contrast!

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Isaiah 3:1-10

 For behold, the Lord GOD of hosts

is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah

support and supply,

 all support of bread,

 and all support of water;

  the mighty man and the soldier,

 the judge and the prophet,

the diviner and the elder,

 the captain of fifty

 and the man of rank,

the counselor and the skillful magician

 and the expert in charms.

 And I will make boys their princes,

and infants shall rule over them.

  And the people will oppress one another,

every one his fellow and

 every one his neighbor;

 the youth will be insolent to the elder,

and the despised to the honorable.

  For a man will take hold of his brother

 in the house of his father, saying:

“You have a cloak;

 you shall be our leader,

 and this heap of ruins

 shall be under your rule”;

  in that day he will speak out, saying:

“I will not be a healer;

in my house there is neither

bread nor cloak;

 you shall not make me

 leader of the people.”

For Jerusalem has stumbled,

and Judah has fallen,

 because their speech

 and their deeds

are against the LORD,

 defying his glorious presence.

  For the look on their faces bears witness against them;

 they proclaim their sin like Sodom;

they do not hide it.

 Woe to them!

 For they have brought evil on themselves.

 Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them,

 for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.

A warning, a description of humanity that remains obstinate to this day is heard in these words.  Look on the faces of those in the streets protesting and see a match for the description of Isaiah:

“For the look on their faces bears witness against them;

 they proclaim their sin like Sodom;

they do not hide it.”

The bright side of this darkness is the statement of assurance for the genuine believer who stands like an upright light.

“Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them,

 for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.”

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