Daily Devotion – February 1, 2018

Isaiah 5:11-17

Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them! And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands. Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled: But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness. Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.

 

There will be confirmed alcoholics who will drink from morning until night and will feast and carouse in total disregard of God and His works. It is for this kind of unthinking behavior that the exile is drawing near. The honorable men and the multitude will suffer famine and, then, death. No individual will escape humiliation. But God will be vindicated by His righteous judgment when foreign shepherds feed their flocks in the ruins of Israel.

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