4 The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers,
the heavens languish with the earth. 5 The earth is defiled by its people;
they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting
covenant. 6 Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must
bear their guilt.Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few
are left.7 The new wine dries up and the vine withers; all the merrymakers
groan. 8 The joyful timbrels are stilled, the noise of the revelers has
stopped, the joyful harp is silent. 9 No longer do they drink wine with a
song; the beer is bitter to its drinkers.10 The ruined city lies desolate; the
entrance to every house is barred.11 In the streets they cry out for wine; all
joy turns to gloom, all joyful sounds are banished from the earth.12 The
city is left in ruins, its gate is battered to pieces.13 So will it be on the earth
and among the nations,as when an olive tree is beaten, or as when gleanings
are left after the grape harvest.
1.Isaiah announced that the whole world will be punished. No class
of people will escape, for earth’s inhabitants have “broken the everlasting
covenant”. These verses presuppose a close connection
between the earth itself, the land and its inhabitants.
2.What problems or crises are we facing on the physical world today?
3.As a Christian, a child of God, what do you believe is your responsibility
to the earth? Ask God to teach you about your responsibility
in caring for his creation. In your cell group, bring this up and
see if you can decide on one specific way to encourage one another
to do in caring for the earth.
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.