Daily Devotion – December 19, 2018

Isaiah 57:7-10

Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set thy bed: even thither wentest thou up to offer sacrifice. Behind the doors also and the posts hast thou set up thy remembrance: for thou hast discovered thyself to another than me, and art gone up; thou hast enlarged thy bed, and made thee a covenant with them; thou lovedst their bed where thou sawest it. And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto hell. Thou art wearied in the greatness of thy way; yet saidst thou not, There is no hope: thou hast found the life of thine hand; therefore thou wast not grieved.

 

The children of Israel had an adulterous relationship with idols at the mountain shrines. Instead of writing the law of God on the doorposts of their homes, they hung idolatrous symbols behind the doors, and engaged in sex orgies. They brought gifts and offerings to the king and sent messengers to Sheol in search of new abominations. Even when they became exhausted by their debauchery, they did not give up, but seemed to get their second wind and press on to further wickedness.

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