19th of June 2016

Isaiah 30: 1-26
Judah Warned against Egyptian Alliance
30 “Woe to the rebellious children,” declares the Lord,
“Who execute a plan, but not Mine,
And [a]make an alliance, but not of My Spirit,
In order to add sin to sin;
2 Who proceed down to Egypt
Without consulting [b]Me,
To take refuge in the safety of Pharaoh
And to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!
3 “Therefore the safety of Pharaoh will be your shame
And the shelter in the shadow of Egypt, your humiliation.
4 “For their princes are at Zoan
And their ambassadors arrive at Hanes.
5 “Everyone will be ashamed because of a people who cannot profit them,
Who are not for help or profit, but for shame and also for reproach.”
6 The [c]oracle concerning the beasts of the Negev.
Through a land of distress and anguish,
From [d]where come lioness and lion, viper and flying serpent,
They carry their riches on the [e]backs of young donkeys
And their treasures on camels’ humps,
To a people who cannot profit them;
7 Even Egypt, whose help is vain and empty.
Therefore, I have called [f]her
“[g]Rahab who has been exterminated.”
8 Now go, write it on a tablet before them
And inscribe it on a scroll,
That it may [h]serve in the time to come
[i]As a witness forever.
9 For this is a rebellious people, false sons,
Sons who [j]refuse to listen
To the [k]instruction of the Lord;
10 Who say to the seers, “You must not see visions”;
And to the prophets, “You must not prophesy to us what is right,
Speak to us [l]pleasant words,
Prophesy illusions.
11 “Get out of the way, turn aside from the path,
[m]Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”
2 Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel,
“Since you have rejected this word
And have put your trust in oppression and guile, and have relied on them,
13 Therefore this iniquity will be to you
Like a breach about to fall,
A bulge in a high wall,
Whose collapse comes suddenly in an instant,
14 Whose collapse is like the smashing of a potter’s jar,
[n]So ruthlessly shattered
That a sherd will not be found among its pieces
To [o]take fire from a hearth
Or to scoop water from a cistern.”
15 For thus the Lord [p]God, the Holy One of Israel, has said,
“In [q]repentance and rest you will be saved,
In quietness and trust is your strength.”
But you were not willing,
16 And you said, “No, for we will flee on horses,”
Therefore you shall flee!
“And we will ride on swift horses,”
Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift.
17 One thousand will flee at the threat of one man;
You will flee at the threat of five,
Until you are left as a [r]flag on a mountain top
And as a signal on a hill.
God Is Gracious and Just
18 Therefore the Lord [s]longs to be gracious to you,
And therefore He [t]waits on high to have compassion on you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
How blessed are all those who [u]long for Him.
19 [v]O people in Zion, inhabitant in Jerusalem, you will weep no longer. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you. 20 Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. 21 Your ears will hear a word behind you, “[w]This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. 22 And you will defile your graven images overlaid with silver, and your molten images plated with gold. You will scatter them as an impure thing, and say to [x]them, “Be gone!”
23 Then He will give you rain for [y]the seed which you will sow in the ground, and bread from the yield of the ground, and it will be [z]rich and [aa]plenteous; on that day your livestock will graze in a roomy pasture. 24 Also the oxen and the donkeys which work the ground will eat salted fodder, which [ab]has been winnowed with shovel and fork. 25 On every lofty mountain and on every high hill there will be [ac]streams running with water on the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. 26 The light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven days, on the day the Lord binds up the fracture of His people and heals the bruise [ad]He has inflicted.

The Lord wants to tell us, that we must not be rebellious against Him. Intractability is not always the wrong choice. When we are aware of opression, see, that somebody is treated in an degrading manner, hurt or mistreated, than we have to be rebellious against the person or system responsible.
Mostly we are rebellious against our Lord, we cannot understand, that He is the one, who determines when, where and how our necessities will be supplied. We may take “the most rapid horses” to flee from somebody, but when we are not rumnning with the Holy Spirit in our minds, we will not succeed. Our faith is important – see the example of Peter over the water – as long as he believed that he would be able to go over the water, hecould, but as he begun to doubt, he fell into the water. Mostly our faith is small enough and we complain … but the Lord tells us to believe and have trust in Him, then we will be able to move mountains.