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October 4, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

Isaiah 28 (ESV)

Ah, the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim,
    and the fading flower of its glorious beauty,
    which is on the head of the rich valley of those overcome with wine!
Behold, the Lord has one who is mighty and strong;
    like a storm of hail, a destroying tempest,
like a storm of mighty, overflowing waters,
    he casts down to the earth with his hand.
The proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim
    will be trodden underfoot;
and the fading flower of its glorious beauty,
    which is on the head of the rich valley,
will be like a first-ripe fig before the summer:
    when someone sees it, he swallows it
    as soon as it is in his hand..
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  1. 23 Give ear, and hear my voice;
    give attention, and hear my speech.
    24 Does he who plows for sowing plow continually?
    Does he continually open and harrow his ground?
    25 When he has leveled its surface,
    does he not scatter dill, sow cumin,
    and put in wheat in rows
    and barley in its proper place,
    and emmer as the border?
    26 For he is rightly instructed;
    his God teaches him.

  2. Quite a complex chapter here. It starts by declaring woe on Ephraim, a tribe in Israel named after one of Joseph’s sons. Even though they had beauty and fertility, judgement will come on them, presumably by Assyria, the people of foreign tongue mentioned in verse 1, that will be used by God to teach His people a lesson. Then in verse 5 there is a shift to talking about the favor of the Lord being on the remnant. So even in the midst of judgement, a promise of God’s faithfulness. Verse 7 returns to the poor behavior of the people, to the corruption happening amongst the priests and prophets, staggering and drunk. I am torn about verse 9 and 10. Is it referring to the gibberish coming from the people that should be teaching Israel, and their message is only fitting for babies who speak in gibberish too? Is it just repetitive banter coming from the priests and prophets? Or is it referring to God trying to teach but the only ones available to hear are the children who are uncorrupted and therefore God’s message is simple,,,do and do, rule on rule?

    So in verse 11, either because no one is listening to God’s words or the priests and prophets aren’t communicating the word of God, God will use a foreign nation to teach Israel, they will be the tool in His hand. Verse 12 explains that God intended for this land to be a promised land, a place of repose, but the people’s rejection of His word makes His word gibberish or about rules, so it will actually lead them to disobedience and destruction.

    In verse 14 and 15 the Lord criticizes the people in Israel for trusting in a false covenant rather than the covenant God made with them and relying on other sources for a refuge and a repose. And for this God will show Himself righteous and just by correcting them and judging them to show the lie is false. The message of truth will be terror for them in verse 19b.

    But the whole point is found in 22. Stop your mocking. God is disciplining you to bring you back to Him. And He will not discipline forever and that is also not His desire. He wants to plant to bear good crops rather than always turning over the soil. He wants to use the wheat to make bread, not just beat it over and over on the threshing floor. A fine picture from agriculture to show His real intent and desire in being harsh with His people. It may have a place, but there is a purpose and God desires good for His people.

  3. i was thinking about how alcohol is used to escape reality and distract from what is real
    yet there are other things that provide an escape, why is there a need to escape life…

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