Isaiah: The Song of Judgment. Part One.

24 Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and as dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom go up like dust; for they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. 25 Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people, and he stretched out his hand against them and struck them, and the mountains quaked; and their corpses were as refuse in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger has not turned away, and his hand is stretched out still.” (Isaiah 5:24-25)

The Prophet Isaiah concluded his song of woe by announcing the LORD’s impending decision to bring a mighty army against the Nation of Judah. The purpose of this was to conquer the people of Israel and to leave the land in desolation, darkness and distress because of the people’s sin.

Secondly, because Judah rejected the Law of the LORD and despised the word from the Holy One of Israel, God’s anger was kindled against His people. Metaphorically, the LORD stretched out His hand against His people and struck them with judgment. Widespread death and destruction ensued.

Dr. John Walvoord explains that, “Isaiah had already mentioned a number of the judgments to come on the people because of their sins (vv. 13–17). Now he spoke again of the consequences of disobeying the covenant stipulations. These people Isaiah had been writing about would be burned like straw and dry grass and their flowers blown away like dust. This was because they had deliberately disobeyed God’s Word. Because of the Lord’s anger many would die in the streets of Jerusalem. His raised hand (cf. 14:27) suggests His executing punishment; the mountains shaking from an earthquake speaks of His awesome presence (cf. Ex. 19:18; 1 Kings 19:11; Jer. 4:24; Hab. 3:10).”

Let us never presume that the LORD’s judgment is only rooted in the past. His response upon those who have rejected Him and His Word will still be as swift and sure today. Therefore, repent while you have the opportunity.

Soli deo Gloria!

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