Day 249 – What’s Good and What’s Wrong? May Surprise You

I just started Isaiah. Of course the prophet spends most of this section blasting the people of Judah.

He talks about their evil, their idolatry (2:8ff), and he hints at their sexual immorality (1:9-10).

What I found most interesting, however, is exactly how God tells Judah through Isaiah to stop doing wrong and start doing good.  And it’s not about sex.

So what does God say is good?

 … seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17 NIV

And what is the wrong  Judah does instead?

Your rulers are rebels,
partners with thieves;
they all love bribes
and chase after gifts.
They do not defend the cause of the fatherless;
the widow’s case does not come before them.  Isaiah 1:23 NIV

The clearest statement of Judah’s evil is in these two verses.

Judah failed to provide justice for those in need, failed to care for the weak. And in fact, cheated them, used them.

Wow.

How do we fare on THAT measure of evil?

 

Today’s Readings: Isaiah 1:1-2:22, Psalm 105:1-7, Proverbs 24:23-25, 1 Corinthians 14:26-40. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only)

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