10.15.2014 Old Testament: Isa 57.7–10
To read the Bible in a year, read Isaiah 56–58 on October 15, In the year of our Lord 2014
By Don Ruhl
Even as the drunk cannot get enough alcohol because it never satisfies and never produces what it promises, so it is with idolatrous worship, as the Lord had Isaiah say to Israel,
“On a lofty and high mountain
You have set your bed;
Even there you went up
To offer sacrifice.
Also behind the doors and their posts
You have set up your remembrance;
For you have uncovered yourself to those other than Me,
And have gone up to them;
You have enlarged your bed
And made a covenant with them;
You have loved their bed,
Where you saw their nudity.
You went to the king with ointment,
And increased your perfumes;
You sent your messengers far off,
And even descended to Sheol.
You are wearied in the length of your way;
Yet you did not say, ‘There is no hope.’
You have found the life of your hand;
Therefore you were not grieved.”
Israel refused to acknowledge that her idols offered her no help, and so she did not grieve over her sorry state. Listen, anything into which we pour ourselves above the Lord of heaven and Earth, will not satisfy, although we keep giving to it repeatedly.