Do not despair…hope

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 22:1-14

The oracle concerning the valley of vision. What do you mean that you have gone up, all of you, to the housetops,

 you who are full of shoutings, tumultuous city, exultant town? Your slain are not slain with the sword or dead in battle.

 All your leaders have fled together; without the bow they were captured. All of you who were found were captured, though they had fled far away.

 Therefore I said: “Look away from me; let me weep bitter tears; do not labor to comfort me concerning the destruction of the daughter of my people.”

For the Lord GOD of hosts has a day of tumult and trampling and confusion in the valley of vision, a battering down of walls and a shouting to the mountains.

 And Elam bore the quiver with chariots and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield.

 Your choicest valleys were full of chariots, and the horsemen took their stand at the gates.

 He has taken away the covering of Judah. In that day you looked to the weapons of the House of the Forest,

and you saw that the breaches of the city of David were many. You collected the waters of the lower pool,

 and you counted the houses of Jerusalem, and you broke down the houses to fortify the wall.

You made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But you did not look to him who did it, or see him who planned it long ago.

In that day the Lord GOD of hosts called for weeping and mourning, for baldness and wearing sackcloth;

and behold, joy and gladness, killing oxen and slaughtering sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine. “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”

 The LORD of hosts has revealed himself in my ears: “Surely this iniquity will not be atoned for you until you die,” says the Lord GOD of hosts.

God looks for humility , repentance and a return to Him.  He demands our respect, honor and recognition.  What he received in this passage was disobedience and disregard which resulted in total despair expressed by partying; dancing, living it up in eating and drinking because the end was coming and they had no hope.  Rather than looking to Him for deliverance they looked to their own means only to find them lacking.  We have His deliverance from consequences through Jesus Christ; provided for us by the Lord God of hosts.  Blessed be the name of the Lord, we need not despair but hope.

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