Monday, January 12, 2009

Boisterous Badness - Isaiah 3

“They display their sin like Sodom; they do not even conceal it. Woe to them! Say to the righteous that it will go well with them, for they will eat the fruit of their actions. Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him, for what he deserves will be done to him.” (vs 9-11)

Isaiah 3 tells us that Israel has become boisterous in her sin. She wears it proudly. That boisterous pride of sin continues thousands of years later. Oh, how we love that which will destroy us. We must remember that actions have consequences and that every sin we commit has consequences. The "wages of sin is death" and woe to all of us who love our sin more than the Savior.

Christ’s covenant contains blessings and curses and here we see them plainly spelled out. Righteousness reaps that which is good - “It will go well for them.” Wickedness reaps destruction - “It will go badly with him.” Matthew Henry says, “There is a woe to wicked people.”

In that final day when judgment falls, the wicked will not cry out that God is unjust or unfair “for what he deserves will be done to him” (vs 11). The unrepentant will have only themselves to thank for the judgment that will come upon them. O how great and glorious is Christ’s mercy to us. I do not want what I deserve I cry out for mercy and praise my gracious Redeemer that He has granted it to me!

Humbled at the gift,

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