Isaiah 3:14-15. “The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of His people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord God of hosts.”
When the oppressors of the people come from within their own ranks, the judgment will be dire. God would not deal mercifully with those who abused the poor and the helpless. The oppressors who ate up all the produce of the vineyards, leaving nothing but leftovers for the workers, would feel God’s wrath.
Grinding the faces of the poor is a vivid metaphor that appears only in this passage. It is a reference to the grinding of the millstone, indicating unmerciful severity. The elders (ancients) and the princes who abused their power and left the destitute even more destitute were in for a terrible day of reckoning.
Again, the political mess in my beloved America seems to me to be clearly depicted here. Over the last several decades, we have tried to legislate poverty out of existence, and yet there is more poverty than ever before in our history. And how did our present President handle it? “Here, have a free cell phone. That’ll help.”
Pay attention! Think of the cities that are in dire straits, that are crumbling and becoming nothing but killing grounds. Without exception, the elected officials have overwhelmingly been liberal leftists, who claim that it is those on the right who have no heart. Yet these liberal leaders have destroyed cities like Detroit, cities that once were thriving in industry and providing jobs that no longer exist.
And still they say, “Trust us! We’ll take care of you!” And more and more people are out of work, on the welfare rolls, getting food stamps, living lives subsidized by a government that is already running out of other people’s money to provide all these programs that are NOT incentives for people to go find work, wherever they can.
Grinding the faces of the poor, and doing it in the name of progressivism. I wonder what they called it in Isaiah’s Jerusalem?