Week three Day 5
Isaiah19 A prophecy against Egypt:
See, the Lord rides on a swift cloud
and is coming to Egypt.
The idols of Egypt tremble before him,
and the hearts of the Egyptians melt with fear.
2 “I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian—
brother will fight against brother,
neighbor against neighbor,
city against city,
kingdom against kingdom.
3 The Egyptians will lose heart,
and I will bring their plans to nothing;
they will consult the idols and the spirits of the dead,
the mediums and the spiritists
Someone posted a quip on social media that most of the world’s problems would disappear if the global media were completely shut down for a brief period of time. While this idea may appeal, all kinds of people with all sorts of backgrounds and experiences are looking to the news media every day to take their cues for how to approach the world they live in. Because of this we have biased or slanted news outlets that pander to the viewpoints of those whom they consider their “target market” The concept of t “rue journalism”, if it ever really existed went out the window long ago. If truth be known we all like to hear a broadcast presentation that we find affirming whether or not it is true or wholly accurate. Such is the chaotic maelstrom in which we live.
I have no doubt that God’s “permissive” will is at work today. The world has seen this kind of chaos many times before. There is a strong undercurrent of sin which is carrying discontented and angry people to horrific extremes. Isaiah’s prophecies combined to warn Israel to repent, turn away from idolatry and cruel usury, and to engage in proper fasting (Ch 58).
Truly, we have come to a place where there is little else we can do, except do the first thing which is PRAY.
“In due time, their foot shall slip.” Rev. Johnathan Edwards intoned on that day in 1741 sparking what has been known by historians as “The First Great Awakening.” Vivid imagery of the hell that awaits the sinner seemed to be the spark that ignited a spiritual revival that swept the colonies. Perhaps we have not spoken clearly enough of the sanctifying fire that burns away the chaff and dross of our sinful lives. Perhaps it is time to ask Jesus to once again enter thet temple and “turn over the tables”. (Matthew 21:12)