Second Woe: Drunkenness

Isaiah 5:11-12. “Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink: that continue until night, till wine inflame them: And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the Lord, neither consider the operation of His hands.

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This woe is a picture of self-indulgence and pleasure-seeking.  They would go into captivity without any understanding of what is happening because they’ve spent all their time partying, ignoring God and His works.

Our nation is in this position right now. Even those who claim to be believers are drinking in larger numbers, saying that there’s no harm in a little social drinking. But alcohol dulls our sense of devotion to God, and opens the door of temptation to more and more sinful behaviors.  Sure, it’s possible to drink and not become drunk; it’s possible to drink and never become an alcoholic. It’s also entirely possible to have an enjoyable time of fellowship and relaxation without any alcohol at all.