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Human Wisdom, Isa. 5:21

“Woes” Isa. 5

Isa. 5:21

Human Wisdom

This is Isa. 5:21 – “Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight.”

This relates to an earlier podcasts, when I spoke to us about humanism. Exalting man, with arrogance, self-deceit – thinking man can make his own way very well in life without God.

That flawed view emerges again here in chapter eight, verse twenty-one. “Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight.”

There are people in our age who seem to be “street smart,” but “life dumb.” By that I mean, they seem to know all the ways of the world, how to navigate the streets of temporal existence, but when it comes to real life, wisdom and eternal outcomes – they are not equipped, not capable and in fact, dumb.

Wise in their own eyes, and perhaps shrewd about the ways of the world in their limited view. But God is pushed away, His will rejected, His promises counted a loss.

It is similar to other indictments and descriptions in Scripture.

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the ways of death,” (Prov. 14:12).

In the New Testament, 1 Cor. 3:18-20. “Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, ‘He catches the wise in their crafitness,’ and again, ‘The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile’.”

Then, in Jeremiah 10:23 – “I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.”

Isaiah was speaking to people who were trying to find their way in life without God. His bold words were designed to shake them, to wake them up and take them to repentance about their dependence on their own wisdom. Let’s take need.

“Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight.”

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