Today you should read: Isaiah 3
Welcome to the study through Isaiah – this will take us through the holidays. It’s a rich book, but one that must be understood in light of prophecy. It’s a prophetic book – in other words, God is using the prophet Isaiah to foretell what will happen to Israel, the coming of a Messiah – Jesus, His death, and more. You must read it with that as a backdrop. Also, remember that prophecy isn’t often segmented like we think it should be. More often than not, it spans many years – even thousands of years in one section.
It’s sufficient to say that God is angry with His people. They continue to turn their backs on Him and worship false idols. God warns them over and over – but they persist. Now it’s judgment time.
…they are doomed! They have brought destruction upon themselves. (v.9b)
Never forget – Sin brings destruction. Everytime. I know we live in a day of grace when it seems like we get by with things – but it’s not true. Our sin has consequences.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7
Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. James 1:15-16
Sin always has consequences. I know what some of you are thinking… This is too strong Tim – what about grace. I’ll get to that in a minute – but we live in a time where theologians and pastors want to water down God’s judgment. You and I need to understand that sin always has consequences. For many Christians today – the reason that many can sin without giving it a second thought – is because they have forgotten this. Yes – Jesus paid the price for our sin – Yes – we are forgiven of all sin by Him and His death – but we must not forget that our sin had a very high price-tag. And even though you aren’t the one paying for it – you must remember the cost.
We also must be cognizant of the fact that even though grace cleanses and forgives us – it doesn’t always take away the consequences.
Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay. – unknown
Praise God for His Grace and Mercy! Because of God’s love and grace (giving us what we don’t deserve in any way) and mercy (not giving us the penalty we truly deserve) we are forgiven. Praise Him for His kindness.
Tell the godly that all will be well for them. They will enjoy the rich reward they have earned! (v.10)
Praise God today for His grace in your life – take a minute and bask in the goodness of it. Then quickly take a look at your life – is there any sin that you’ve ignored that will reap unfavorable consequences? Confess it – Repent – and Change.
Posted by: Tim Parsons