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Revelry, Isa. 5:11-17

Isaiah Insights #6

Warren E. Berkley – wberkley.podbean.com

“Woes” Isa. 5

Revelry

We are again in Isaiah chapter five, exploring the statements of “woe” God gave to His people through Isaiah. This podcasts is based on Isa. 5:11-17.

Let me ask, have you known people who live for the party? Perhaps at your workplace, the excitement is pretty noisy as the week-end approaches. Around the water cooler or in the breakroom – the talk is centered around week-end plans that may involve activities you can’t endorse. They work all week with their hopes pointing to the week-end party, often involving alcohol.

Is that interests new? Isaiah said, “Woe to those who rise early in the morning, to run after their drinks, who stay up late at night till they are inflamed with wine. They have harps and lyres at their banquets, tamborines and flutes and wine, but they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord, no respect for the work of his hands,” (Isa. 5:11,12).

The word is “Revelry,” and it is an irreverent, lacivious obsession for temporal pleasure. It is more than just enjoying a good time with people, playing a game or having a meal with friends. It is being ensnared by the party life style.

Hollywood wants us to believe we deserve or have earned a night at the club; a time to be loose and fun-loving, without the discipline of good character.

What accompanied this revelry? Verse 12 says, “they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord, no respect for the work of his hands,” reminding us of Paul’s statement in 2 Tim. 3:4 – about “lovers of pleasure, rather than lovers of God.”

I’ll leave you with this, from 1 Pet. 4:1-5.

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry.  With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 

Peter said to Christians – Arm yourselves with the same way of thinking as Christ. This will prevent us from hearing the woe against revelry in our lives. Thank you for listening.

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