Daily Devotion – January 10, 2018

Isa 1:24-31

Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies: And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin: And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city. Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness. And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed. For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen. For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water. And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

 

God will vent His wrath on all those who show, by their sin, that they are His enemies. The Lord’s combined name, the LORD of hosts, insures the inevitability of the judgments described. His judgments will purge all impurity and restore Jerusalem to its former glory. His righteousness will insure the deliverance of those who repent. But sinners will be destroyed, idolaters will be ashamed of their shrines, and they themselves will be like a leaf that fades and a parched garden that has no water. Leaders who rely on their own strength will be like highly flammable tinder, ignited by the spark of their own wicked works.

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