Isaiah 3:8-9 Shameless

Isaiah 3:8-9 For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen, because their speech and their actions are against the LORD, to rebel against His glorious presence. The expression of their faces bears witness against them, and they display their sin like Sodom; they do not even conceal it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves.

V. 8 Why are these bad things happening to Jerusalem and the Southern Kingdom of Israel? Simple, God says their speech and their actions are against the LORD, to rebel against His glorious presence. This statement is not up to interpretation. It is not complicated. It is straight forward.

V. 9 The grammar and semantics in the Hebrew indicate these people are proud and arrogant in their actions. They are going to do whatever they want. They don’t care if any one is watching. Their display is public for everyone to see. There is no sense of shame. Gross selfishness is on display.

The result to the soul is evil and disaster.

Does this blatant and overt display of sin mirror today’s culture? Pick an issue in today’s culture and compare it to today’s cultural standards. I will choose two for the sake of discussion. First is abortion. God considers abortion murder and renders judgment against Ammon (modern day Jordan) in Amos 1:13 Thus says the LORD, “For three transgressions of the sons of Ammon and for four I will not revoke its punishment, because they ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead In order to enlarge their borders. In 21st century America, life is a choice. We have laws in place to protect the choice of whether or not to allow a child to live in a mother’s womb.  There is a clear difference in values.

A second issue is the definition of marriage. Genesis 2:24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. Marriage between a man and a woman is foundational to society as God sees it. Jesus confirms this in Matthew 19:5. The Apostle Paul quotes Genesis 2:24 in 1 Corinthians 6:16. There is no debate from the standpoint of Scripture. Marriage is to be between a man and a woman. Our modern culture is passing legislation from east coast to west coast that says, “No, God is wrong.” The culture is redefining marriage.

When God sees these modern views, He sees deviance. Or shall we dare say, SIN!!!! The culture says, “These are antiquated ways of looking at the issues. Times change.  These are complicated issues. We need to change with the times.” These new cultural definitions, which are at odds with how God sees things, are being passed off as normal. If one disagrees with the culture, that person is a bigot and narrow minded.

Regardless of what the culture thinks, says, or does, God does not change nor do His standards. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

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