“United We Stand”
Isaiah 1-5… The word “united” means “to bring together so as to form a whole, to combine (people) in attitude or action, to be built or combined into a unit, to join and act together in a common purpose or endeavor, to be fused together, or to be of one mind.” Listening to news commentators and interviewers I find that the nation seems to be more divided than ever. I do not believe that America is doomed and marked for immediate destruction, but I do see fearful times facing our nation. Yes, the seeds of destruction have been sown and there will be a reaping. The Old Testament prophets do describe corrupt societies, and what faces them when there is no repentance. The prophets also tell how God appeals to nations so that they will return to Him. There are solutions. Godly principles founded America and made it a great nation. There must be a return. The first five chapters of Isaiah tell of a nation in trouble and rebellion. These five chapters talk about Judah, but it is also a picture of what is going on in America. Judah in Isaiah’s time period was in rebellion against God. It was a pleasure-seeking and a materialistic society. It was idolatrous and morally corrupt. Let’s look at the signs of a nation in trouble.
Isaiah 1:1-10… A nation in trouble and rebellion… Notice v. 4 especially, “Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward” (KJV).
Isaiah 1:11-15… A nation filled with empty religion… Note v. 15, “And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.”
Isaiah 1:16-20… A nation that needs to repent… Notice v. 18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Isaiah 1:21-23… A nation with a corrupt seat of government… Note v. 21, “How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.”
Isaiah 1:24-2:5… A nation that can be restored… Note v. 26, “And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counselors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.”
Isaiah 2:6… A nation filled with eastern religion… “Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.”
Isaiah 2:7… A nation with materialistic designs and militarism… “Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots.”
Isaiah 2:10-22… A nation with strange philosophies (political correctness)… Note v. 12, “For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low.”
Isaiah 3:1-12… A nation with blind and vain (proud, perverted, and those who condone wide-open sin) leadership… Note v. 8, “For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory.”
Isaiah 3:13-15… A nation that abuses the poor… Note v. 14, The “LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses.” (Note also James 5:1-6.)
Isaiah 3:16-4:1… A nation with self-oriented women… Note v. 16, “Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet.”
Isaiah 4:2-6… A nation who can find hope in the house of the Lord… There, in the house of the Lord, the nation will rise up with faith, a nation cleansed by the Spirit. The true church will emerge with anointing and with the presence of the Lord. The flaming fire of the Holy Spirit is a nation’s defense. At the present time, our nation has developed a system of worship that the Holy Spirit can’t break into. It will soon change.
Isaiah 5:1-7… A nation that will get God’s warning… Note vv. 5-7… “And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.” In parable form, God tells of the start of the nation and how they failed to preserve it. God will lay it waste.
Isaiah 5:8-10… A nation whose mentality is that of greed… Note vv. 9-10… “In mine ears said the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant. Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah.” In other words, a financial disaster is coming.
Isaiah 5:11-12… A nation who seeks to “party” without any regard for God.
Isaiah 5:13-17… A nation who will see the results of their rebellion… People who will be made captives to debt, to habits, to lying, to pride, to immoral sins. They would learn from all of this that (v. 16), “But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.”
Isaiah 5:18-23… A nation whose thinking has been corrupted… Note v. 20, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
Isaiah 5:24-30… A nation whose judgment is coming, and with it sorrow. Our nation has begun to experience some sorrow.
Isaiah, after seeing all of this, goes into the temple and sees God and His holiness. Isaiah repents and is cleansed, and he comes out with a message of healing. Our church leaders need to see the holiness of God once again. When the leaders are cleansed by God, their message will reflect God’s will and glory.
Pastor George Belobaba
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