Seeking selfish pleasures and forsaking the work of the Lord

Isaiah Bible Background

09.25.2016 – Old Testament: Isa 5.11–12

To read the Bible in a year, read Isaiah 4–6 on September 25, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

For what do you live each day? What drives you on? We should remember that we were not created for ourselves, but for Him who created us, for then we shall fulfill our purpose. As the Lord spoke of Israel, whom He had created,

Woe to those who rise early in the morning,
That they may follow intoxicating drink;
Who continue until night, till wine inflames them!
The harp and the strings,
The tambourine and flute,
And wine are in their feasts;
But they do not regard the work of the LORD,
Nor consider the operation of His hands.
(Isaiah 5.11–12) 

They had a good time, enjoying life, but the work of the Lord did not enter their minds. Therefore, Israel strayed more and more from the Lord until they were hardly recognizable as His children, and He sent them away.


  • If you live for self, do you know what to do to get back on track?
  • What works of the Lord can you begin regarding?

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