Isaiah 3:8-9. “For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen; because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of His glory. The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.”
These two verses state four of the causes for the judgment soon to fall upon Judah and Jerusalem:
- Misuse of the tongue
- Sins against the Lord
- Conscience seared to open sin and publicly declaring it to all
- Rewarding evil unto themselves
So, how important is the tongue? How important are the words we say? Well, those words can help bring us to ruin! Words that worship other gods than Jehovah; words that use His Name in cursing; words that lure others into sin and that degrade the one who speaks them; all these words are important to God, and will bring judgment sooner or later.
Words were not the only sin against the Lord. There were idolatrous sins, sexual sins, sins of pride and lack of understanding His holiness. And when sin becomes entrenched in our minds and hearts, we become hard about it, and brag about it openly. We dare anyone to show us how our behavior is wrong, and we’re ready with our defense of our behaviors. And we’re angry. Angry at anyone who tries to tell us we’re wrong.
Finally, we reward ourselves for our own wrongdoing, boasting openly, acting as if we have discovered some new knowledge that sin isn’t such a bad thing after all, and see? Nothing bad has happened to me, so it must be okay for me to continue what I’m doing.
A lot of people today feel that way about the use of pornography, or of living in adultery with someone else’s spouse, or abusing drugs or alcohol, or anything else on a very long list. It’s not really wrong. God understands, after all, and He forgives me, so I’m okay.
No. We’re not okay. Not even a little bit.