Isaiah 22:12-14. “And in that day did the Lord God of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth: And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink: for tomorrow we shall die. And it was revealed in mine ears by the Lord of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith the Lord God of hosts.”
I tried to block out the line on the bottom, but I’m not tech-savvy enough. Yolo is You Only Live Once, so I guess it’s appropriate. That is exactly the attitude the people of Jerusalem took.
In verse 12, “in that day” is not far future prophecy, but immediate. God called the nation to repent of their sins, but instead they acted foolishly and abandoned all common sense. They feasted and partied and many were drunk. As far as I could find, “let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” shows up for the very first time in this passage. I didn’t take a lot of time with it, so I could be wrong.
One wonders how the people could have a bacchanalia when thousand of their enemies stood just outside the door. It seems they were having a little trouble with reality, doesn’t it? They refused to acknowledge God’s call for repentance, and they partied as if there would be no tomorrow. Did they really believe they would die on the next day? Hard to say. I just can’t imagine behaving that way with the visible threat of impending doom surrounding me.
Verse 14 is chilling. Isaiah says that God told him the sin of the people would not be purged until they died. No going back at this point. No more second chances. They had used up all their do-overs, and horror was about to fall on them.