The Wages of Sin

Isaiah 1

The Sin of Rebelliousness against the Lord

2“I have nourished and brought up children,And they have rebelledagainst Me;
3… But Israel does not know, My people do not consider.”
Are these 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 thy 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 seems to stem from the reasons below:
They have forsaken the Lord,They have provoked to angerThe Holy One of Israel,They have turned away backward.
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 arerebellious,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 spiders and all nasties and it becomes over grown. We are like a house, if you’re not daily or weekly cleaning, dusting off and organising things, that it become a jungle. In the same way, when we let go of God for whatever reason (it could be ignorance that breads fear that breads hiding, etc), then we’ll 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.6 For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob,Because they are filled with eastern ways;They aresoothsayers 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 aresoothsayers like the Philistines; The Palestines to this day are people with a sweet tongue. They tell you very nice things but they mean none of it. So, they are hypocrites. There is a rising culture in the Christian circles of themselves of over completing others because they 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 feeling and judgement from them.
And they are pleased with the children of foreigners. This sounds like a comment about marriage; when people from different cultures and faith marry each other because they think it doesn’t matter. Isaiah wars against this here.
7Their land is also full of silver and gold,And there is no end to their treasures; What used to be a promise for reward to the hungry, forsaken and poor, it became a sign of rebellion and loss. When people have more than enough to eat and to drink and they don’t have God in their lives and don’t abide by his laws, instead of giving the overflow to others who are in need, 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 expressed nowadays in the number of cars one person can have. It is demonstrated in the jets that individuals own. It is shown in the 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 could very much describe our countries nowadays. We have Bhudda’s statues almost in every shop. Their temples are littering the country. And some of us, yes some of us, in the name of enlightenment and seeking, we walk in their temples, and when prompted, we humble our selves and bow before their statutes. And doesn’t it feel good when people do that? That’s the indication of deception.
A part from that, people have many idolatries that they are not conscious of. People nowadays worship money (which is man made and it doesn’t even represent the amount of wealth in a bank). Some worship gold and silver that they purchase and wear it. 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. Anything we buy and accumulate not for usual use but to marvel upon and hoard are people who have idolatries in their lives.
22 Sever yourselves from such a man, Whose breath is in his nostrils; For of what account is he? Isaiah is saying that our breath should be in the Lord not our own nostrils. We should die to the world and be born in God.

Isaiah 3

Declaring One’s Sin – In Pride

8 For Jerusalem stumbled, And Judah is fallen, Because their tongue and their doings Areagainst the Lord,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 stands up to plead,And stands to judge the people.14 The Lord 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 peopleAnd grinding the faces of the poor?Says the Lord God of hosts.

The Seduction Sin of Women

16 Moreover the Lord says:“Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, And walk with outstretched necks And wanton eyes,Walking and mincing asthey go, Making a jingling with their feet,17 Therefore the Lord will strike with a scab The crown of the head of the daughters of Zion,And the Lord will uncover their secret parts.”

Isaiah 5

The Sins of the Rich and Those with Power

8 Woe to those whojoin 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 leisure

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,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 andhasten 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 8

The Lord also spoke to me again, saying:6 “Inasmuch as these people refusedThe waters of Shiloah that flow softly,And rejoice in Rezin and in Remaliah’s son;7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord brings up over themThe waters of the River, strong and mighty—The king of Assyria and all his glory;He will go up over all his channelsAnd 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 [f]fill the breadth of Your land, O Immanuel.[g]

 

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.