For many months I have been struck by the words of the Old Testament prophets speaking threats and warnings against the nation that God had chosen for His blessing. I don't pretend to suggest that what was pertinent to ancient Israel correlates to modern America in every instance, but read it and see what you think. Without further introduction, I now present to you: Sounds Like US: Isaiah 1.
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master's crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.”
Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged.
Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but bruises and sores and raw wounds; they are not pressed out or bound up or softened with oil.
This preamble to Isaiah's warning indeed sounds as if it were written to 21st-century Americans. We are the children to whom He has given birth, but we have turned our backs to Him, and now our nation is suffering the consequences.
Your country lies desolate; your cities are burned with fire; in your very presence foreigners devour your land; it is desolate, as overthrown by foreigners. And the daughter of Zion is left like a booth in a vineyard, like a lodge in a cucumber field, like a besieged city.
Doesn't this passage accurately describe the America we see today? Our cities burning, and foreigners pouring over our borders in an unprecedented invasion of the land.
If the Lord of hosts had not left us a few survivors, we should have been like Sodom, and become like Gomorrah. Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Give ear to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
An appropriate warning as we slog through another interminable Pride Month bullying the citizens of America into celebrating the sins of the leftist homosexuals.
"What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the Lord; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats.
“When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts? Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations— I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.
This sounds like it could refer to the abortion industry in America, which, even though steadily losing favor with the majority of the population, continues to slaughter our innocent unborn by the thousands each day.
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
This little passage has long been used by Christians to celebrate the triumph of Jesus' sacrifice covering all of our sins, and rightly so. But there is also a threat there for those who refuse to accept His gracious cleansing.
How the faithful city has become a whore, she who was full of justice! Righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers. Your silver has become dross, your best wine mixed with water. Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves. Everyone loves a bribe and runs after gifts. They do not bring justice to the fatherless, and the widow's cause does not come to them.
I can imagine a case being made here for the "faithful city" being Washington, and the "prince" being Hunter Biden, the "king's" son. He loved bribes and ran after gifts, and the causes of justice did not concern him.
Therefore the Lord declares, the Lord of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel: “Ah, I will get relief from my enemies and avenge myself on my foes. I will turn my hand against you and will smelt away your dross as with lye and remove all your alloy. And I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.”
Zion shall be redeemed by justice and those in her who repent, by righteousness. But rebels and sinners shall be broken together, and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed. For they shall be ashamed of the oaks that you desired; and you shall blush for the gardens that you have chosen.
For you shall be like an oak whose leaf withers, and like a garden without water. And the strong shall become tinder, and his work a spark, and both of them shall burn together, with none to quench them.
This passage ends with both the triumph of God's justice and hope for the people of God. Those who repent will be redeemed, but those who forsake the Lord shall be utterly consumed.