Isaiah 9:17 No Excuses

Isaiah 9:17 (KJV)
Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

God said there would be a day when God would take no pleasure in the young men of Jerusalem. Further, God would consider none of their excuses: godless leadership, fatherless homes, these would not be enough to extend the near limitless mercies of God. The reason? Because of their hypocrisy. Excuses are only to excuses. Each of us is responsible for our own life choices. 

We live in a time of almost wild youthfulness. We see it in the riots, in the gang mentality. We see it in the lack of direction and ambition of youth. Oftentimes, especially in select communities, people blame these on fatherless homes. I admit that this is a problem. But it is not an excuse. 

Ecclesiastes 11:9 (KJV)
Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.

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Isaiah 7:4 Be Quiet, Fear Not

Isaiah 7:4 (KJV)
And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.

Ahaz was among the most wicked, if not the most wicked kings the southern kingdom of Judah ever had. Yet it was in his reign that God sent Isaiah and his son to attempt to comfort the Jews with God’s promise. 

I see first of all a multi-generational ministry 
What a blessing when father and son serve the Lord together. That happens most often when a father involves his children in his ministry. 

I see secondly the grace of God
His promises are dependent upon His own character and not that of ours. Truly we ought to respond in holiness, but God revives based upon His promises and not our efforts. 

I see thirdly that the comfort of God’s Word, ministry and man is solely dependent upon the faith of the one receiving it
God’s Word is dependent upon God. It doesn’t change due to the faith of men. But our benefit, our being comforted and blessed by God’s Word, that is dependent upon our faith.  

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Isaiah 5:2 Claiming Christianity

Isaiah 5:2 (KJV)
And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.

Whenever we use parables, especially Old Testament ones, for personal application, we have to remember that these are only personal applications. The vineyard in this parable is obviously the Jews and it is obviously a reference to their disobedience to the Lord. God did so much for them. He gave them every opportunity to flourish. Instead they became wild. They rebelled against the Lord. They disobeyed His direction. They still claimed to be His people, they just weren’t the people He taught them to be. 

I believe a majority of Christians today could be considered wild grapes. They are saved. They are the children of God. They are just not what God taught them to be. They have mixed in so much of the world that they are of little use as the people of God. Still they insist, they would be offended if ever it were implied that they are not the people of God. 

It appears to me that the year 2020 could be a fulfillment of Isaiah 5:6. God is laying waste much of what is known as Christianity. Those who are wild grapes are being pruned out of good vineyards, I pray, to give room for those who will be good grapes. 

It’s not enough to claim Christianity. God desires we be Bible believing, Bible practicing, Bible obeying Christians. 

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Isaiah 3:4-5 An Indication of Judgment

Isaiah 3:4-5 (KJV)
And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.
And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.

It is important I think to remember that the New Testament teaches us that all that is written in the Old Testament is for our learning and example. Therefore, while this passage has a primary application to Jerusalem, there are lessons in principle we may apply to our own day. 

God promised to judge Jerusalem by placing children, youth, the immature, as rulers over the people. He said that the judgment would include the oppression of neighbors, proudful children, and youth who dishonor the elderly. 

Do we not live in such a time?

While churches seem to crave the energy and vision of youthful pastors, and it seems like the common plan is to put to pasture the more mature preachers of God’s Word, this is not a sign of spiritual growth but of judgment. I am not opposed to youthful men pastoring. I once was one of them. What I do caution against is those youthful men being lifted in pride and arrogance against their ancients. 

Youthful leaders with little respect for their elders is a sure recipe for oppression. 

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Isaiah 1:8 Solitude, Loneliness and Abandonment

Isaiah 1:8 (KJV)
And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.

Here is a picturesque scene. Jerusalem, the city, left:

  • As a cottage in a vineyard
  • As a lodge in a garden of cucumbers 
  • As a besieged city

The prophecy has to do with the terrible work, first of Assyria on Israel and then Babylon on Judah and finally Jerusalem. The cottage and lodge refer to a temporary shelter meant to guard the garden. It was an isolated stand and a lonely duty and would finally be abandoned. Jerusalem would watch as everything around them was stolen as the fruit of a vineyard and a garden. They would stand alone until finally they too were taken, and the city abandoned. 

Barnes writes, “The essential idea, is that of the solitude, loneliness, and temporary continuance of even Jerusalem, while all around was involved in desolation and ruin.”

All of this came to pass but none of it was necessary, had the people only followed the Lord. 

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Matthew 18:1 Signs of Greatness

Matthew 18:1 (KJV)
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

If we view this chapter as a thesis on greatness in heaven, and I believe it to be a reasonable view, then I see these signs of greatness: 

Humility
As a little child…. 

Reconciliation 
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men…

Forgiveness 
Til seventy times seven. As difficult as it sometimes is, just keep forgiving. 

Humility will make reconciliation much more possible. Reconciliation happens in the shadow of genuine forgiveness. 

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Song of Solomon 5:6 Pursue Jesus

Song of Solomon 5:6 (KJV)
I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.

Though many these days interpret the Song of Solomon as a lesson in the marriage relationship, I see it more like the preachers of days gone by did, as a prophetic description of the growing relationship of the believer with Jesus. In this case our text is so apropos. In our robe of flesh, just about the time we believe we are growing close to the Lord, we find that we haven’t grown nearly as close to Him as we had hoped. 

The Christian life is one of pursuing Jesus. We will not apprehend until we reach the other side. Our greatest trouble happens whenever we grow satisfied with thinking Jesus is just outside the door. Even if opening the door reveals we aren’t as near as we believed we were, that’s still a step in the right direction. We are moving toward Jesus, but we are not there yet.

Pursue Jesus. Seek to know Him. Strive to be close to Him. One day, as you continue this walk, you will discover you have walked straight into the Father’s house. 

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Matthew 16:12 A Class All Alone

Matthew 16:12 (KJV)
Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Jesus warned his disciples to beware of the doctrine of both the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Interestingly, these doctrines were not similar at all except that they were both Jewish. They were practical opposites. The Pharisees and the Sadducees did join together against their common enemy, Jesus, and then later Christianity, but they were no friends one of another. Paul used this disagreement to his advantage once. To beware of these doctrinal opposites put the disciples in a doctrinal class all their own.

The parallel is not perfect and would not imply that it is, but we have something similar within Protestant Christianity, between Calvinism and Arminianism. These two are doctrinal opposites in every way except that they are both Christian and Protestant. They unite once in a while in opposition to a common enemy, but they are no friends one of another. To beware of the doctrines of both puts one in a class all its own. It is this class I believe Baptists must aspire. It is neither Calvinist nor Arminian. The great pressure will be to embrace one or the other. Some preachers flail against Calvinism but they are, in fact, closet Arminians. Others rail hard against Finneyism as a form of the Arminian heresy, but their only answer is to embrace Calvinism in one form or another. 

I believe the answer is provided right within the context of this passage. The next verse Jesus asks, “Whom do men say that I the son of man am?” Peter’s response was, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  If we will but focus on Christ and the church He built, instead of the myriad begun by men, we will be in that class all alone. 

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Song of Solomon 1:7 Where Jesus Feeds His Flocks

Song of Solomon 1:7 (KJV)
Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?

One of the most necessary things a child of God can learn is where Jesus feeds His flocks. Oh, sure, there are plenty of pastures in the world and there are a lot of companion flocks, places that look like, sound like and act like they are the flocks of God. 

The wise Christian does not want a near pasture or a comparable substitute. The wise Christian can’t be content with something close to the Lord’s pasture. He or she longs to feed among the Lord’s flock. He or she seeks to lie down where Jesus leads His own. 

John 10:27 (KJV)
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

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Ecclesiastes 12:5-7 Going Home

Ecclesiastes 12:5-7 (KJV)
Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

The older I get the more at peace I am with going to my “long home.” Today’s reflection is on the phrases describing death.

The silver cord be loosed
Life is a thread on which we hold. As the years go on our strength to hang on grows weaker. The cord of life is not weaker. It continues on for generations unknown. We simply lose our hold.

The golden bowl be broken
How precious we view our life. The body which contains it is treasured as godlike to some. Youth often see their vessel as invincible. Eventually that bowl loses its luster and finally succumbs. 

The pitcher broken at the fountain 
In youth, we serve as a channel. We not only contain life but reproduce life, enable life, train equip, and feed life. At some point we lose the ability to reproduce and not much after we are no longer those who serve as vessels to sustain life. 

The wheel broken at the cistern
The wheel denotes work, production. In youth our hands and feet produce goods and services deemed valuable to others. One day that wheel will break. 

God gave us life. One day we who are saved, enter into the presence of God. 

Are you ready to go to your long home?

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