Impending Judgment

Isaiah 3:1. “For behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water.”

The opening verses of this chapter show us the results of national sins. As a people, as a whole, Judah and Israel had turned from God to idolatry. Doing so destroyed their sense of good and evil, right and wrong. God would bring sure judgment, and it would be dire.

The words stay and staff  are different forms of the same Hebrew word, and they denote every sort of support.There would be physical and spiritual famine in the land.  Their sojourn into worshiping the gods of the surrounding nations was going to cost them dearly at every level imaginable.

I understand that these prophecies are spoken to Judah, but I can’t help bu see the parallels to our beloved country today.  We, too, have forsaken the worship of the One true God, the God of Israel, the Creator of the universe. In His place, we have turned to “new” forms of worship that have very little to do with God and much more to do with how we feel. We have made idols out of entertainment, work, politics, food, clothes, money, and electronics.

By the time we realize what has happened, we will have lost every form of “staff and stay.” We will have waited too long.

One thought on “Impending Judgment

  1. Evil and good are displayed in our country in a loud voice. The football player who refused to stand for our National Anthem is being played or sung is largely ignored by the NFL. The football coach who quietly knelt on the football field after games lost his job. Is the NEA more powerful than the NFL? Or is sports just an idol we can’t do away with? Makes one wonder.

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