Head and tail…

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

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Isaiah 9:8-17

 The Lord has sent a word against Jacob, and it will fall on Israel;

  and all the people will know, Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria, who say in pride and in arrogance of heart:

 “The bricks have fallen, but we will build with dressed stones; the sycamores have been cut down, but we will put cedars in their place.”

  But the LORD raises the adversaries of Rezin against him, and stirs up his enemies.

The Syrians on the east and the Philistines on the west devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger has not turned away, and his hand is stretched out still.

  The people did not turn to him who struck them, nor inquire of the LORD of hosts.

  So the LORD cut off from Israel head and tail, palm branch and reed in one day—

  the elder and honored man is the head, and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail;

  for those who guide this people have been leading them astray, and those who are guided by them are swallowed up.

 Therefore the Lord does not rejoice over their young men, and has no compassion on their fatherless and widows; for everyone is godless and an evildoer, and every mouth speaks folly. For all this his anger has not turned away, and his hand is stretched out still.

The head and the tail; the leaders and the followers, all are guilty of rejecting God.  When he punishes, they do not turn to him in repentance, rather the pride that brought judgment remains and they obstinately rebuild. These are not a people who did not know God, they are his people, carry his name.  Their history tells them of His greatness and all that He has done for them.  As a people we see a turning away from our past, our history, our heritage.  We become proud in ourselves and boast of what we have accomplished.  We forget the One who provides, gives life and graces with gifts and abilities.  Time to take inventory and see the true nature of our hearts.  There can be no pride in ourselves; only trust in the Lord.

 

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