warned … not to walk in the way of this people

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 8:11-22

 For the LORD spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying:

  “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread.

  But the LORD of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.

  And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

 And many shall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.”

 Bind up the testimony; seal the teaching among my disciples.

  I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him.

 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are signs and portents in Israel from the LORD of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.

 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.

So much to see and understand!  We have rumors of conspiracy…

We have fear and dread that stems from man’s systems…

We have those seeking answers from mediums and the dead…

We have a turning to the earth for hope only to find distress and rage at what has been done to it and what it has done to us…

We have the onslaught of anger, rage, distress and darkness…

Just witness the faces on the news and video clips from around the world or follow a few comment streams from news postings…

But in this passage runs a thread of hope and instruction to put trust in the Lord God.  We, like then, inquire of God, not man.  We have a sanctuary, that stone of offense – the promised Christ.  We see many  stumbling over that stone today, falling and broken.  We will see many turning to Him, receiving total healing of body, soul, and spirit.  We will see Him honored and receiving the glory that is his…

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