The title for this text comes from the oft-quoted Isaiah 5:20, “Woe to those that name evil good, and good evil…” Isaiah’s “woe” was designed to awaken and convict the nation to show again to God earlier than the hammer dropped. Sadly, that did not occur. A scarcity of concern, repentance, and reverence for God led to bodily and non secular judgment.
Within the Bible, the phrase “woe” carries the thought of impending judgment introduced on by the wrath of God in sin. It signifies overwhelming grief, sorrow, and remorse, accompanied by struggling.
The phrase “woe” provides a power-packed punch to what the prophet Isaiah is vocalizing. In essence, he’s saying, “Pay attention, that is critical! In case you do not heed my recommendation, the judgment and justice of God will fall, and the hammer will hit arduous.”
It has been mentioned that not even Sodom and Gomorrah reached the extent of decadence that we see in the present day in America. Reward God for the remnant and the church buildings that intercede. For my part, they’re the one factor holding God’s judgment at bay.
Sin Fascinates Earlier than it Assassinates
When Isaiah pronounced this “woe” the nation of Israel had develop into snug of their sin. Ethical conviction was fading and obedience to God was passé. In consequence, they started to compromise and drift farther from God. They have been calling evil good and good evil. Two of the highest evils have been infanticide (laying their new child youngsters on the searing sizzling arms of Molech as a sacrifice) and sexual sin. Ring a bell? We nonetheless sacrifice our kids on the altar of sexual sin.
As I am penning this, the information simply broke of Justice Alito’s ideas on Roe v. Wade. The information that this regulation is likely to be overturned has created an enormous uproar. Think about being indignant that infants will stay — “woe be to those that name good evil.”
Israel, not in contrast to America in the present day, paid no consideration as their leaders seduced them to do extra evil than every other nation earlier than them (see 2 Kings 21:9). They did not see that when sin fascinates, it assassinates.
Can You Hear Isaiah At the moment? I Positive Can.
- Woe to the varsity districts who promote sexual perversion and undermine the household.
- Woe to the schools who mock God and educate their college students to do the identical.
- Woe to politicians who name evil good and good evil, and have the blood of the harmless on their palms.
- Woe to pastors and Christian leaders who encourage sin by their silence, and who brazenly embrace apostasy.
- Woe to the media who lead folks astray by twisting the reality to advertise the demonic agenda of darkness.
- Woe to the movie trade who bows to the whore of Babylon — the stench has reached the nostrils of God.
- Woe to liberal church buildings who say that they love folks, however hate God’s Phrase.
Sure, all of these factors are arduous to listen to for these caught in sin and enamored by idolatry; that is the purpose. The “woes” are supposed to sound an alarm. They permit the hammer of God to interrupt and the fireplace of His Phrase to devour sin.
His Phrase can be like a double-edged sword that cuts deep and discerns the motives of the guts (Hebrews 4:12).
Persevering with to Drink the Poison
As an alternative of humbling themselves, repenting, and turning again to God, most dig their defiant toes into the soil of sin. As an alternative of operating to the remedy, they proceed to drink the poison. As a current headline illustrates, they develop into indignant and belligerent: “Liberal group requires protests at conservative Supreme Court docket justices’ properties” (extra here). They aren’t open to opposing views — “my approach or the freeway” is their mantra.
This begs the query: Why do sure teams search to silence God’s reality and adamantly oppose His Phrase, whereas Christians are open to dialogue and dialogue? It is as a result of the reality invitations scrutiny, and error runs from being challenged. It additionally has to do with the darkness hating the sunshine as a result of their deeds are evil. In brief, God’s Phrase exposes evil hearts and demonic plans.
The Treatment Has By no means Modified
Sadly, with no large non secular awakening, the divide in our nation will solely get wider. All of us should be taught from King Josiah within the Outdated Testomony. As soon as he heard what God’s Phrase mentioned concerning the present situation of the nation, he humbled himself in a profound approach, repented, and requested for God’s intervention. God’s reply additionally gives hope for us in the present day: As a result of your coronary heart was tender, and also you humbled your self, I heard your cry and answered your prayer. I’ve stayed my hand of judgment for now (paraphrasing 2 Kings 22:19).
The remedy for non secular illness by no means adjustments: humility, repentance, brokenness, and desperation result in non secular well being. Our cry should resemble Isaiah’s: “Oh, that You’d rend the heavens! That You’d come down! That the mountains may shake at Your presence” (Isaiah 64:1).
Like several guardian, God hears the cries of His youngsters: Oh God, would you rip heaven open and are available down and assist us? That is our solely hope. Could be to God that the nations would tremble once more at His presence (cf. Isaiah 64:1-2).
In these dire instances, let’s be sure we’re on the proper facet of the “woe.”