Alliances

Isaiah 2:6. “Therefore, Thou has forsaken Thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and  they please themselves in the children of strangers.”

This passage, verses 6-9, details eight national sins–sins that the people as a whole have committed against the specific direction of God.

The first two of these sins are in verse six:  They were filled with customs and ways from the east, from nations that did not know God, joining in alliances with them and adopting the art of fortune-telling from the Philistines; and they had intermarried with other nations, having children with those who did not know God, and were idol-worshipers.

In Israel’s cycle of sin and restoration over the centuries, their biggest downfall was to go directly against God’s command: Thou shalt have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20: 3). Falling into the worship of idols from other nations always, always led to great sin, great falling away from the holiness demanded of them by God, and resulted in persecution and defeat often at the hands of the nations whose gods they worshiped.  One would think they would have learned their lesson after a time or two of judgment and suffering,

One would think that America would learn its lesson, too, as we forsake all that is godly and as we suffer the consequences in increased violent crime, the increase of juvenile violent crime, the increase of  violence in our own homeland perpetrated by those who hate us; the increase in divorce, abortion, drug use, sexually transmitted diseases, rebellion against parental authority, rebellion against teachers and other school authorities. Who would ever have thought that being a teacher in America would be a risky career!

We need to look at God’s dealings with a rebellious Israel to realize how much danger America has earned.

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