In today’s reading, we see much of the same that we have read in the book of Isaiah thus far. The people of Israel and Judah have disobeyed the Lord, and judgment is coming. God’s instruments of judgment, Assyria and Babylon, are also prophesied to be destroyed. There is destruction.
The earth mourns and dries up, and the land wastes away and withers. Even the greatest people on earth waste away. The earth suffers for the sins of its people, for they have twisted God’s instructions, violated his laws, and broken his everlasting covenant. Therefore, a curse consumes the earth. Its people must pay the price for their sin. Isaiah 24:4-6
People on the earth, in the past and in the present, have twisted God’s instructions and violated his laws. The punishment for disobedience is that all people must pay the price for their sin.
Sin is rebellion against God, and because of our rebellion against him, we deserve punishment. We must pay the price for our sin. However, God loved us enough to send Jesus to live the perfect life that we should and lived and to die in our place, paying the price for our sin. Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection make it possible for us to enter back into a relationship with God through faith in Jesus and repentance from sin.
Take some time today to thank God for salvation made possible through Jesus.
By: Lucas Taylor— West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice