Jerusalem is a light to all other nations, Mount Zion propped up high as a beacon for people to see and follow. In fact, Isaiah said 20 chapters ago:
The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the Lord
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be lifted up above the hills;
and all the nations shall flow to it,
3 and many peoples shall come, and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. Isaiah 2:1-3
But now in chapter 22, instead of a bright mountain for all to see, it’s described as a valley; a geographic location that is in darkness surrounded by high land, hills or mountains around it. This is exemplified in this chapter as the leaders have fled (v. 3), partying (v. 1) that turns into tumult and confusion (v. 5), enemy chariots (v. 7) and much, much more. What’s sad is how blind God’s people are to how low they have gotten and what’s about to come in terms of consequences. This is evident in verses 12-13 as they continue to eat, drink and be merry, oblivious to their sin and pending judgment.
The apostle Paul uses this same language when speaking about the current generation in 1 Corinthians 15:32, and we could say the same with our current culture as well. Even as Christians, we can have blind spots to past and current sins and even losing the Gospel because of either our witness or allowing false teachings or heresy to creep in. Instead of weeping and mourning, listening and repenting, we’re entertaining and maintaining, eating and drinking. Let us pay attention to the church as a whole and especially our own church concerning theology, what’s being taught from Scripture and covered in discipleship.
One of the most encouraging things I hear as we read guest cards on Monday morning at staff meetings is the many people who visit and praise our church for teaching God’s Word. We regularly find ourselves asking “What are other churches teaching exactly?”
Let us stay true to the Gospel message and our mission of helping take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Christ.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor