Isaiah 5: Bought into a Lie
As we have been going through Isaiah, there has been a lot of talk about the impending judgment that is coming towards the people of Israel for their disobedience. In the middle of chapter 5, Isaiah begins listening the kinds of people who are going to have a hard time in this judgment. Two of them stood out to me as not only true about the people of Israel at that point in history, but also types of people that still exist in the world today.
Isa 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Isa 5:21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
I thought about the first one in terms of the moral relativism that is becoming more and more prevalent in our society. We have fallen into the trap where we really don’t want to say that anything is right or wrong. We don’t really want to call anything evil or anything good. You can say that you prefer something or don’t prefer something else, but don’t you dare say that something is absolutely wrong. It didn’t work out too well for Israel when they started doing this. It really led to a moral crisis.
The second one kind of goes with that. We don’t have any kind of moral bottom line because we all individually know what is best. We have fallen into the myth that each individual is so wise that we don’t need any kind of standard. We are so wise in our own eyes that we have pushed aside the ultimate giver of wisdom.
Isn’t it interesting that history has a tendency to repeat itself? Human nature is just as broken now as it was in the time of Isaiah. Humans do bad things, and that has not improved over time. I would love to say that we are advancing towards a universal understanding that God is the absolute moral lawgiver. I would love to say that everyone on earth was understanding the truth of Christianity. That simply isn’t true. Our world has bought into many lies, and this passage made me think of the few of them.