Isaiah 3:24. “And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair, baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.”
The worldliness that had seeped into Jerusalem and Judah was easily observed in the way the women dressed and comported themselves. For those who could afford it, a great deal of time was spent on their daily adornments. Their focus was completely off God, and on themselves.
Judgment was sure to follow, and everything that had been important to them would turn into a source of grief. Their perfumes, their lovely clothing, their fancy hair styles, all would become nothing to them in the desolation they were about to experience.
The stomacher, by the way, was a mantle or cloak. Sackcloth was rough, like burlap, and was often worn as a sign of grief and loss.
Yesterday, a friend compared the losses that were about to fall on Judah to the losses of the Holocaust. Yes, there are many similarities. So why? Why, if the Jews are God’s chosen people, have they suffered so much over the centuries?
It’s because they have continually turned to idols and the ungodly ways of the nations around them. They forsake the worship of Jehovah, and when they do He warns them clearly; they ignore the warnings, and God uses another nation to bring them into captivity and suffering until they repent of their sin, and are restored to the homeland.
It’s a picture that should be a warning to all of us. God will tolerate sin only for a little while, and then comes judgment. People are wondering what on earth has happened to America that has brought us to such an awful election cycle. I’ll tell you: It’s because we have turned our backs on holiness and righteousness. We murder babies by the thousands; we have made a mockery of marriage; sex is flaunted and held up for worship; decency is laughed at; virginity is a joke; drugs are available in every single community across this land; pornography, sex slave trafficking, and incredible racial violence that has been encouraged by a godless President has us in the grip of fear. We have forgotten that God is not mocked; that what we sow is what we will reap.
The cure? Repentance before God, a return to the Word, pulpits on fire in churches across this nation as the Word is preached faithfully to people whose hearts are open and tender.
2 Chronicles 7:14
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.