November 11, 2002

Weaving the Spider's Web

What goes around comes around. We may be smarter than we were when this chapter in Isaiah was written in 700 BC, but our hearts have not changed all that much. If this passage could be addressed to one or the other side of the battle in the coming war, which side should hear it? My vote is BOTH.

1 Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.
2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.
3 For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt.
Your lips have spoken lies, and your tongue mutters wicked things.
4 No one calls for justice; no one pleads his case with integrity.
They rely on empty arguments and speak lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.
5 They hatch the eggs of vipers and spin a spider's web. Whoever eats their eggs will die, and when one is broken, an adder is hatched.
6 Their cobwebs are useless for clothing; they cannot cover themselves with what they make. Their deeds are evil deeds, and acts of violence are in their hands.
7 Their feet rush into sin; they are swift to shed innocent blood.
Their thoughts are evil thoughts; ruin and destruction mark their ways.
8 The way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths.
They have turned them into crooked roads; no one who walks in them will know peace.

Read the rest of the chapter 59 which continues to sound like a condemnation of events happening today. The final chapters of Isaiah describe first God's vengeance against those who have merely paid lip service to him, followed by redemption by the promised Messiah. The final verses of the book...

23 They will not toil in vain or bear children doomed to misfortune;
for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them.
24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpent's food. They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain," says the LORD.


Posted by fred1st at November 11, 2002 06:30 AM
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Thanx

Posted by: charlie at November 12, 2002 03:28 AM

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