18 “Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of falsehood, who draw sin as with cart ropes, 19 who say: “Let him be quick, let him speed his work that we may see it; let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near, and let it come, that we may know it!” (Isaiah 5:18-19)
The LORD’s first woe against the Nation of Judah in the 8th century B.C. was materialism. The second woe was directed towards drunkenness and devotion to pleasure while concurrently the people neglected the LORD’s work of judgment and redemption. The third woe was against those who ridicule and mock the LORD and His people; especially His prophet, Isaiah. The LORD is against the peoples’ obstinate perseverance in sin, as if they wished to provoke God’s divine judgments.”
As I write this blog, it is Saturday, April 4. The world is caught up in the midst of a widespread pandemic. A mandatory quarantine is in effect requiring people to remain, and work, within the confines of their homes for at least the rest of this month. With the exception of essential services, such as those who work in the food industry, many people find themselves either unemployed or experiencing a new normal. In the state of Indiana, where I live, the state government has even cancelled the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Turbulent times to be sure.
It is during such times that you would think a return to acknowledging, and calling upon the sovereign God of the universe in prayer, would be welcome and even encouraged. However, when one such Christian businessman, Mike Lindell of My Pillow, did so recently from the White House Rose Garden the mainstream, liberal media severely derided and criticized him.
Lindell announced Monday, March 30, that he hoped to have his company producing 50,000 medical face masks a day to distribute around the country by the end of the week. “This isn’t a political thing,” Lindell said Tuesday, March 31. “We’ve gotta get back to God and pray. … I’m so thankful everybody from all walks of life and all sides of the political aisle did get behind it against this, this evil media that’s out there. … I don’t even know why they do that. I can’t explain it. I don’t know Jim Acosta. I’ve never met him before.” Acosta, a CNN reporter, suggested Lindell’s appearance during the press conference was a shameless act of self-promotion for his business.
Ridiculing God, and His people, is not new. What is done in our contemporary culture was done in Israel in the 8th century B.C. Truly, there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9).
The unbelieving people of Judah consistently mocked the LORD who created them and provided for them. They lived in shameless rebellion against the LORD and then taunted Him, and His prophets, regarding when His so-called judgment was going to occur.
Today’s text says, ““Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of falsehood, who draw sin as with cart ropes.” Within the context, the people were consistently seizing and drawing out iniquity, falsehood and sin in their lives. Like drawing water from a well, or dragging a cart with ropes, they did not cease from this ceaseless activity of wickedness.
If that were not enough, they then challenged God by saying, ““Let him (God) be quick, let him speed his work that we may see it; let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near, and let it come, that we may know it!”
Dr. John MacArthur writes, “The taunting unbelievers said, “Where is the judgment of which you have spoken, Isaiah? Bring it on. We will believe it when we see it.” This challenge for God to hasten his judgment represented their disbelief that the Holy One of Israel would judge the people.”
God did bring judgement upon the Nation of Judah (2 Chronicles 36; Daniel 1). He will not be mocked (Galatians 6:7-8). Not then, in the 8th century B.C., and not now in the 21st century A.D.
Soli deo Gloria!