Isaiah 22: Turn It Around
Isaiah 22 prophesied a pessimistic future for the city of Jerusalem. At the time Isaiah was writing, Judah was still in command of its capital, but that wasn’t going to be forever.
Isa 22:8 He has taken away the covering of Judah. In that day you looked to the weapons of the House of the Forest,
Isa 22:9 and you saw that the breaches of the city of David were many. You collected the waters of the lower pool,
Isa 22:10 and you counted the houses of Jerusalem, and you broke down the houses to fortify the wall.
Isa 22:11 You made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But you did not look to him who did it, or see him who planned it long ago.
Isa 22:12 In that day the Lord GOD of hosts called for weeping and mourning, for baldness and wearing sackcloth;
Isa 22:13 and behold, joy and gladness, killing oxen and slaughtering sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine. “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”
Isa 22:14 The LORD of hosts has revealed himself in my ears: “Surely this iniquity will not be atoned for you until you die,” says the Lord GOD of hosts.
I could talk about the fulfillment of prophecy, and as we all know, Jerusalem was eventually lost. They were eventually overrun, and again I would ask you to consider the potential of supernatural intervention in the writing of Isaiah.
However, since I have been writing about that for a while, why don’t we take a little bit of a different angle? This is not a happy time. There are problems, and the people ought to be upset. That’s basically what verse 12 is talking about. There are bad times coming.
However, rather than repent and get back to a right relationship with God, they decide to have a party. Why don’t we have all the fun that we can because all is lost anyway?
That is a fatalistic worldview, and it certainly limits what God can do. I feel like people do that nowadays as well. I have messed up my life this far, so why bother trying to turn it around? I am definitely too far gone.
You know what? The forgiveness of God is greater than whatever you might have done. I know that sounds ridiculous, but Jesus died to give us that forgiveness. If you’re reading this post right now, there is no way that you are too far gone for the forgiveness of Jesus to reach you.