Tuesday, 7 January 2020
Isaiah 5:18-19 Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of falsehood, who draw sin as with cart ropes, who say: "Let him be quick, let him speed his work that we may see it; let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near, and let it come, that we may know it!"
Isaiah speaks about those who are heavily involved with sin and wickedness, yet make a play for wanting to hear the word o the Lord. They speak with mocking voices, taunting the prophet to say something. The level of their involvement with sin is shown by the metaphor of cords and cart ropes - they are that thick!
Believers today face the same challenges - every day! The world has turned away from God and His commandments, is thick with repeated sin and constantly embraces more, yet dares believers to say something. More, the temptation is to say something quick, to speak now, to respond on the spur of the moment. But that is not God's way. He does not respond to taunts, neither does He speak rash words in haste. His word is sure and tested, tried and true. We should certainly speak out against the world's sin, but only when the Spirit tells us to and gives us the words He wants to say.