Judah Doesn’t Escape

Isaiah 28:7-8. “But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink: they err in vision, they stumble  in judgment. For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.”

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Not much changes from one generation to the next; no matter the race, the country, the time in history, alcohol has always been a plague. It destroys the brain, destroys the judgment, destroys families, destroys life. Yet day after day,  people choose to get drunk and behave in shameful ways because it’s “fun.”

Judah, the southern kingdom of Israel, learned the hard way. They did not escape the judgment of Ephraim. Even the priests and prophets of the kingdom transgressed and were drunkards. The wine swallowed them up, causing them to err in vision, to stumble in judgment. There isn’t much that’s any more pathetic than a stumbling, out-of-control drunkard.

Verse eight paints a truly repugnant picture of the aftermath of a drunken party. Vomit on the tables, filthiness everywhere. No place left clean, no place for human dignity. How shameful. How opposite to what God ordained for His ultimate creation, mankind.

 

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