Thursday, January 15, 2009

Root Rot - Isaiah 5 Part 2

“Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes stubble, and dry grass collapses into the flame, so their root will become like rot and their blossom will blow away as dust; for they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.” (vs

Verse 24 begins with a “therefore” and as always its important to see what the "therefore" is there for! Verses 8-23 have laid out the woes to the wicked and now here we have a description of the judgment that will consequently fall upon them for their wickedness.

"Their root will become rot" and their blossom as chaff that the wind drives away (Ps 1). What is the reason for this devastation? It is because they have rejected the law of the LORD. More than that it is because they have "despised" it!

These thoughts by Matthew Henry have pierced me this morning. “Sin weakens the strength (the root) of a people so that they are easily rooted up. It defaces the beauty (the blossoms) of a people and takes away the hopes of fruit. Sinners make themselves stubble and chaff.”

Oh My Gracious God – help me to hate sin and to reject it and to despise it. Make me to receive and love your law that I might be “like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.” (Ps 1) AMEN.

In His glorious grace,

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