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Isa. 5 Unholy Ambition

Isaiah Insights #5

Warren E. Berkley – wberkley.podbean.com

“Woes” Isa. 5



Your first thoughts about the book of Isaiah may be about his marvelous prophecies of the Messiah and the future glory of God’s kingdom.  Yes, that is a prevailing theme.

But Isaiah and the other prophets also spoke to the people in their time, about their sin and the judgments of God against them. This holds value for us, in learning what to avoid personally and what to speak against in our preaching and teaching.

The next few podcasts will be about the “woes” in Isaiah chapter five. You’ve heard the expression “woe is me” rather cavalierly in modern discourse.

Well, Isaiah spoke bold condemnation against the people for their sins – and expressed it with this word “woe” which conveys guilt and trouble. “Woe unto you,” he said.

There are five of these in chapter five. The first is in verses 8-10. Here’s verse 8: “Woe to those who join house to house, who add field to field, until there is no more room, and you are made to dwell alone in the midsts of the land.”

This is not just building, expansion or growth. This is not the equavilent of adding on to your house.

This reflects aggressive acquisition that displaces people. It is a symptom of selfish grasping and greed.

Micah brings this up, in Micah 2:2 – “They covet fields, and seize them; and houses, and take them away; and they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.”

This is not simply buying land, expanding, progress or building. This is expansion that is oppressive, drives people away and makes families victims of self-exalting progress.

It might be called “unholy ambition,” and the opposite is – love your neighbor as yourself.

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