Thursday, 30 January 2020
Isaiah 8:15 And many shall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.
Isaiah here sees the inevitable result of God placing a stumbling stone and a rock of offence in Zion: that many shall fall and be broken. Does God want people to do this? No, of course not, as Peter explains:
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
On the contrary, He doesn't want anyone to fall and be broken, but it is the inevitable result of laying out the truth so that everyone can see. A few will recognise it for what it is and rejoice, choosing to follow that truth. They be be known as the righteous and will be saved. Many - in fact, according to Jesus, the vast majority ...
Matthew 7:13 For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
... will take that path. They will take offence at being told what to do, at not being able to make their own decisions and at the whole 'submission' thing. They will fall and be broken because of their choices and actions.