5 In that day the LORD Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful
wreath for the remnant of his people.6 He will be a spirit of justice to the
one who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back
the battle at the gate.7 And these also stagger from wine and reel from
beer: Priests and prophets stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine;
they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when
rendering decisions.8 All the tables are covered with vomit and there is
not a spot without filth.9 “Who is it he is trying to teach? To whom is he
explaining his message? To children weaned from their milk, to those just
taken from the breast?10 For it is: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule
for that; a little here, a little there. ”11 Very well then, with foreign lips
and strange tongues God will speak to this people,12 to whom he said,
“This is the resting place, let the weary rest”; and, “This is the place of
repose”—but they would not listen.13 So then, the word of the LORD to
them will become: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little
here, a little there — so that as they go they will fall backward; they will
be injured and snared and captured.
1.The priests and the false prophets in Judah were so drunk that they
vomited all over the tables. Isaiah chose repeated words to mimic
the staggering and stumbling of the drunkards: “do and do, do and
do, rule on rule, rule on rule”.
2.Yet these drunken leaders mocked Isaiah for the simplicity and
repetition with which he presented the Lord’s messages. So, God
determined that the Assyrians would speak in a language God’s
people could not mistake – the language of sword, fire, devastation
3.If we do not listen to God’s quiet, loving voice, he remains capable
of grabbing us by the shoulders and shaking us until we pay attention!
4.What have you listened to God’s voice lately? And how did you
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.
Family: vv16,17. A carpenter uses many tools to build a house. He uses
a measuring line to measure the proper size and a plumb line to check for
“straightness”. Isaiah used construction terminology to explain how God
measures us. What do these verses tell us about God’s standard? What is
God looking for in our lives? Is your life in “plumb”?