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Isaiah Insights #7

Warren E. Berkley – wberkley.podbean.com

“Woes” Isa. 5

Slaves of Sin

This is Isa. 5:18-19.

“Woe to those who draw sin along with cords of deceit, and wickedness as with cart ropes. To those who say, ‘Let God hurry, let him hasten his work so we may see it. Let it approach, let the plan of the Holy One of Israel come, so we may know it.”

Here is this graphic word-picture of people so loaded down with sin, it is like they are pulling around little wagons loaded with their transgressions. Picture that. Maybe not little wagons. Big carts filled with their wickedness. Tighly packed bundles of sin they cannot or will not get rid of.

And, with a mocking, demanding attitude toward God, the Lord of hosts.

Isaiah spoke to the people about their sin and God’s intention to be swift and decisive in His judgment against them. What was their reaction?

As they pulled along behind them their cart-loads of sin – they would verbalize their defiant attitude, as if to say: “Come on, Lord, show us what you have! What are you waiting for?” Or they might have said to Isaiah, “Tell the Lord to hurry up, so we can see what He will do.”

Sinful, deceitful, wicked people – holding fast to their sin – while mocking God and challenging  Him to show Himself or hasten His work.

To many people, God is just a joke. They are attached with glue to their vices. They cannot go anywhere without pulling along their cart full of sins. Their phones, tablets and computers are pushing the limits of digital storage to hold their apps, photos and messages reflecting their carnal hobbies and lewd pursuits. Their bank statements show regular debits for worldly pursuits which lead to spiritual and in some cases actual poverty.

When God is mentioned, they just laugh Him away. “Where is He. Bring Him on, that we may know it.”

What are we pulling around? What vices, weaknesses, off-color pleasures are we carrying through life?

“…let us lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurnace the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…,” (Heb. 12:1b,2).

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