The last few chapters of Isaiah have taught us that God is good at talking the talk, but sucks at walking the walk. He says a lot of things about helping the distressed, but then doesn’t or waits to do it. Today we look into the 11th chapter of Isaiah.
“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.” – Isaiah 11:1
God is making a tree out of Jesse. 🙂
“He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;” – Isaiah 11:3
Um…so he’s throwing all evidence out the window in his judging? Once again, God is not just nor is he just in the people he uses, in this case, Jesse.
“The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.” – Isaiah 11:8
Looks like it’s time to call Child Protective Services!!!
“In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the Mediterranean.” – Isaiah 11:11
There would be zero remnants of people if God had acted just from the beginning! God has caused these problems.
“The Lord will dry up the gulf of the Egyptian sea; with a scorching wind he will sweep his hand over the Euphrates River.” – Isaiah 11:15
God just can’t help it, can he? Killing and causing harm is his very nature.
This chapter shows us God is still doing everything he can to harm people. He’s trying to play hero to the people by saving them from the problems he caused, but he can’t help causing more problems, like drought! What does God think a dried up river will do to the people? Their water must come from somewhere!
Coming Soon: Isaiah – Chapter 12: Songs of Praise