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Why is this bitterness? Why is this weeping?
By Vinod Isaac
Isaiah 22:4, "Therefore I said, Look away from me, I will weep bitterly; Do not labor to comfort me Because of the plundering of the daughter of my people.
Why is this bitterness? Why is this weeping?
Answer is simple, the tumultuous city, a joyous city is now being plundered, everywhere there are dead people, people gone to slavery. But how come a city full of joy and tumult come to such a desolation and without comfort? Because it is a day of trouble and treading down and perplexity By the Lord GOD.
How come the Lord who is so loving bring such a situation? When we look at Isaiah 22:8 we find that "He(Lord) removed the protection of Judah." That gives a clear indication that unless God protects there is nothing called protection. And When He removes the protection there is no one else who can protect.
Now we are going to look quickly why the divine protection is taken away?
The reason we find in Isaiah 22:14, "is Iniquity:-
Isaiah 22:14, "Then it was revealed in my hearing by the LORD of hosts, Surely for this iniquity there will be no atonement for you, Even to your death, says the Lord GOD of hosts."
Yes my friend, Iniquity does bring disaster in our life. Every time a person thinks that he/she can live without God and raises his/her fist against God, know it for sure that there is a serious problem.
From Isaiah 22:12-13 we read that God called Judah to weep, morn and repent but instead they were doing what ever they wanted to do and they said, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!" They tried to do what ever pleased their eyes, heart and mind. They had no time to keep their life in integrity and holiness.
In Isaiah 22:11 we read, "You also made a reservoir between the two walls For the water of the old pool. But you did not look to its Maker, Nor did you have respect for Him who fashioned it long ago."
Judah forgot His Maker, "They had no respect for the Creator of the Whole earth. Are we not living in a society that do not have any respect for the Maker? It is better that we wake up before it is too late. For the Lord says in Isaiah 22:14, "Surely for this iniquity there will be no atonement for you, Even to your death." Hence it is better to repent and turn to God when He is found.
Isaiah 55:6, "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:"
Some months back I was reading World Watch report on Global Environment and it said that Global Echo System is changing and they predicted major Earth Quakes, Flood, Drought etc to hit this planet in the future. The 1998 World watch report stated that 1998 was a "RECORD YEAR FOR WEATHER-RELATED DISASTERS" and now it looks that 1999 has crossed that mark as we have seen Earth quake in Turkey, Greece, Taiwan and now in Mexico. And we have also seen the flood caused by Hurricane floyed in North Carolina where the city was covered with 26Ft high water.
All these events are not a surprise to God, for He had already declared it that massive Earth Quake, floods, Droughts, Wars etc has to come before the returning of the Lord. Jesus said that as the days of Noah were, so shall the coming of the Son of man (Jesus) be.
Matthew 24:37, " But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matthew 24:38, "For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,"
Yes when people say "let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we shall die" know it for sure that the days of Noah are here. And the Coming of the Lord is very near even at hand. Are you going to be found in the group who have no honor for God, the Creator of the whole earth? Are you going to be found in the group who mock God? To make sure that when Jesus comes back, he may find faith in you turn from all your evil ways and turn to Jesus. He will gladly accept you, wash you with His precious blood and make you whiter than snow. Jesus is calling you to come to Him. Are you willing to come to Jesus and live a holy life? Then tell Jesus that you are sorry for what you had done and that you are ready to turn from your evil ways and ready to accept him in your heart. Ask Him to cleanse you with his blood. He will gladly do that. May God bless you
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