The Wages of Sin In Isaiah

Isaiah 1

 

The Sin of Rebelliousness against the Lord
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the Lord [ יְהוָ֖ה Yehwa] has spoken:2“ I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me;
3… But Israel does not know, My people do not consider.”
Are there any sinners? These are the chosen people of Israel (not the remnant).  Is this seed biologically different from the rest of the population? It could be, but the outcome of this shows that it doesn’t matter because evil will touch anything on earth. Why the chosen people go astray?  Why the chosen decline the invitation?  Why some who were invited are thrown away?

A close walk with God will depend on each individual’s personal experience in this life; how much will they put God first? How much will they be conscious of the war within them and which side will they take?

4 Alas, sinful nation, A people laden with iniquity, A brood of evildoers, Children who are corrupters!
These descriptions of various sins seem to stem from the reasons below:
They have forsaken the Lord [יְהוָ֖ה Yehwa] They have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel [el.Kuddus القدوس ], They have turned away backwards. 
3 major sins:1-forsaking the Lord2- Provoking his anger3- backsliding   These are all one sin.
21 How the faithful city has become a harlot! It was full of justice; Righteousness lodged in it, But now murderers.22 

Your silver has become dross, Your wine mixed with water.23 Your princes are rebellious, And companions of thieves;

Everyone loves bribes, And follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, Nor does the cause of the widow come before them.

Why does the righteous degenerate? We are like a pond with plants. If you’re not tending to the pond, the water goes rotten. We are like a garden, if you’re not pruning regularly, it gets filled with all nasties and it becomes overgrown. We are like a house; if you’re not regularly cleaning and tidying up, it becomes dirty and stinky. In the same way, when we let go of God for whatever reason (it could be ignorance which breeds fear which breeds the desire to hide from God…) we let also go of his word, his care and his principles which is righteousness. We rebel and go our own way.

Isaiah 2

The Sin of The Far East, Idolatry and Riches
5 O house of Jacob, come and let us walk In the light of the Lord  [יְהוָֽה  Yehwa] 6. For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob, Because they are filled with eastern ways; They are soothsayers like the Philistines, And they are pleased with the children of foreigners.7 Their land is also full of silver and gold, And there is no end to their treasures; Their land is also full of horses, And there is no end to their chariots.8 Their land is also full of idols; They worship the work of their own hands, That which their own fingers have made.9 People bow down, And each man humbles himself; Therefore do not forgive them.
Isaiah is describing sins of the future in old language These are the sins of the world today
They are filled with eastern ways The Buddhist and Hindu culture is in the rise and has been for a few decades.
They are soothsayers like the Philistines;  There is a rising culture, in today’s  Christian circles, that encourages over complementing each other. Maybe the reason is we don’t believe honesty and truth is the way forward for humanity to grow. We are vexed very easily and offended by God and by each other. So, we adopt a strategy of trying to be nice to each other and hide our own true feelings and opinions. We tend to voice them in gossip though.
And they are pleased with the children of foreigners. Isiah maybe talking about marriage; when people from different cultures and faith marry each other because they think it doesn’t matter. 
7Their land is also full of silver and gold, And there is no end to their treasures; What was a promise for a reward to the hungry, forsaken and poor, it became a sign of rebellion and loss. When people have more than enough to eat and drink but don’t have God in their lives or abide by his laws, instead of giving the overflow to the needy, they start accumulating gold and silver to impose their power on others.
8Their land is also full of horses, And there is no end to their chariots. This is seen nowadays in the number of cars that some may own individually. It is demonstrated in the ownership of jets, yots and all leisurely, glamorous ways of travel.
Their land is also full of idols; They worship the work of their own hands, That which their own fingers have made. This verse can still very much describe our world today, especially in the West where Christianity is meant to be the main religion. Almost in every shop we enter, we find Buddha’s statues glaring silently at us. Eastern temples are littering the country. And some of us, yes some of us in the name of enlightenment, walk in their temples, and when prompted, humble our selves and bow before their statutes. And doesn’t it feel good when people do that? That’s the indication of deception.
Apart from that, people have many idolatries that they are not conscious of. Idolatry means to adore something tangible and accumulate it without necessarily having the need for it in that quantity. Many of us worship money (which is man-made). Some worship expensive silver, gold and diamonds. Some worship handbags and can’t get enough of them. Some worship shoes. Some worship old cars. Some motorbikes. Some guitars, so on and so forth. When we buy and accumulate something not for the usual use but to hoard or marvel upon, that’s when we become idolators.
22 Sever yourselves from such a man, Whose breath is in his nostrils; For of what account is he? God says through Isaiah that we should not stay in touch with an idolator, who is a mere mortal (whose breath is in his nostrils.) We all should die to the world and be born in God.

Isaiah 3

Declaring One’s Sin –  Pride
8 For Jerusalem stumbled, And Judah is fallen, Because their tongue and their doings Are against the Lord [יְהוָ֔ה Yehwa], To provoke the eyes of His glory.9 The look on their countenance witnesses against them, And they declare their sin as Sodom; They do not hide it. Woe to their soul!For they have brought evil upon themselves.
The Sins of the Rich and Those with Power
13 The Lord [ יְהוָ֔ה Yehwa ] stands up to plead, And stands to judge the people.14 The Lord [יְהוָ֔ה  Yehwa ]  will enter into judgment With the elders of His people And His princes: “For you have eaten up the vineyard; The plunder of the poor is in your houses.15 What do you mean by crushing My people and grinding the faces of the poor?” Says the Lord God of hosts  [   אֲדֹנָ֥י  אֲדֹנָ֥י   צְבָאֽוֹת׃  ]  [adony – yahwa – shiva.ut

Shevaut: the military ; army ; host, multitude ; הצבא – military service

The Seduction Sin of Women
16 Moreover the Lord [יְהוָ֗ה Yehwa]  says:“Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, And walk with outstretched necks And wanton eyes, Walking and mincing as they go, Making a jingling with their feet,17 Therefore the Lord [ אֲדֹנָ֔י adonay] will strike with a scab The crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, And the Lord [וַיהוָ֖ה  Yahwa] will uncover their secret parts.”
Isaiah 5
The Sins of the Rich and Those with Power
8 Woe to those who join house to house; They add field to field, Till there is no place Where they may dwell alone in the midst of the land!
Using Drinks, Drugs, etc, for Intoxication and life of pleasure
11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning, That they may follow intoxicating drink; Who continue until night, till wine inflames them!12 The harp and the strings, The tambourine and flute, And wine are in their feasts; But they do not regard the work of the Lord [ יְהוָה֙ Yehwa], Nor consider the operation of His hands.  22 Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink,
Rebelliousness and Defiance
18 Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity, And sin as if with a cart rope; 19 That say, “Let Him make speed and hasten His work, That we may see it; And let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, That we may know it.
Pride
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight!
Deception and Leaning on own Understanding
20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Biases and Greed
23 Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away justice from the righteous man!
Isaiah 7
1Now it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to make war against it, but could not prevail against it. 2 And it was told to the house of David, saying, “Syria’s forces are deployed in Ephraim.” So his heart and the heart of his people were moved as the trees of the woods are moved with the wind.
So, what is the sin here? Judah is now the promised nation. It is the continuation of God’s beloved Son, King David and his offspring. The kingdom of Israel bonded with the enemy to attack his brother, which was an abomination in the eyes of the Lord.
Isaiah 8
The Lord [ יְהוָה֙  Yahwa]  also spoke to me again, saying:6 “Inasmuch as these people refused the waters of Shiloah that flow softly, and rejoice in Rezin and in Remaliah’s son;7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord [ אֲדֹנָי֩ adony ] brings up over them The waters of the River, strong and mighty—the king of Assyria and all his glory; he will go up over all his channels and go over all his banks. 8 He will pass through Judah, he will overflow and pass over, he will reach up to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings will fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel [ עִמָּ֥נוּ אֵֽל] [nation of God]
The word Immanuel is in the Hebrew translation as follow: עִמָּ֥נוּ אֵֽל׃  this means; the people or the nation of God. There is no Messianic prophecy here. Isaiah is addressing the nation of Israel who is conspiring to fight against Judea.
Historically
The year 732 BC saw the first Assyrian invasion of Israel. This event is well documented in the Bible, albeit not from the viewpoint of Israel but of its southern neighbour, the kingdom of Judah. It is possible to juxtapose this narrative with passages in the royal inscriptions of Tiglath-pileser III which, although fragmentary, provide valuable insight into the Assyrian view on the matter.

 

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