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Isaiah 5:13-14 The Party Is Over

Posted in Isaiah with tags , , , , , , on July 14, 2012 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 5:13-14 Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge; and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude is parched with thirst. Therefore Sheol has enlarged its throat and opened its mouth without measure; and Jerusalem’s splendor, her multitude, her din of revelry and the jubilant within her, descend into it.

The Hebrew grammar of verse 13 indicates the exile is a foregone conclusion. It is written in what we would consider the past tense in English. It is a done deal, you are exiled. Even though, the event is yet to happen in the time of Isaiah’s writing. The deportation out of the land occurs not because of their actions. The Jews are kicked out of the land because of a lack of discernment or understanding.

The irony of the judgment is this. The rich, greedy, and materialistic who loved to throw big banquets and feasts will have nothing to eat. They will be afflicted with hunger and famine. The people, who loved to get up and start drinking till late in the evening, will have nothing to drink. There will be a lack of water.

Their destination is Sheol. Strong’s defines sheol as the underworld, a grave, hell, a pit. This is the Old Testament designation for the abode of the dead. It is a place of no return. The wicked are sent here for punishment.

The city of Jerusalem in all of its glory and majesty, the people in all of its noise and celebration will sink into Sheol.  There will be no limit to the amount of death and destruction.

Isaiah 5:11-12 Party All the Time!

Posted in Isaiah with tags , , , , , , on July 6, 2012 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 5:11-12 Woe to those who rise early in the morning that they may pursue strong drink, who stay up late in the evening that wine may inflame them! Their banquets are accompanied by lyre and harp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine; but they do not pay attention to the deeds of the LORD, nor do they consider the work of His hands.

The Hebrew grammar describes these guys are getting up with a purpose. They hit the ground drinking. It was the first thing they thought about in the morning. The “strong drink” is alcohol, the hard stuff. They were not waiting until noon to start. These were all day parties. The drinking started upon awakening and they were up late. These Jews knew how to throw a good party. They had food and music as well.

Do not confuse the issue. This is a matter of lifestyle. The lifestyle presented in Isaiah 5 is what is being condemned. God is not impressed with how much one can drink. Isaiah 5:22 Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine and valiant men in mixing strong drink…

The Bible is a very practical book. It shows that nothing has really changed with alcohol. This was going on hundreds of years before Christ.  When drinking excessively, one’s ability to walk was impaired. They weebled, they wobbled, and they did fall down. Judgment was decreased along with ability to think. The drunks back in Isaiah’s day swore they saw things too. And yes, they partied till they puked. Isaiah 28:7-8 And these also reel with wine and stagger from strong drink: the priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, they are confused by wine, they stagger from strong drink; they reel while having visions, they totter when rendering judgment. For all the tables are full of filthy vomit, without a single clean place.

A reminder, Jesus did turn water into wine at a wedding feast. God is not opposed to alcohol in moderation or for the purpose of medication. The Apostle Paul gave Timothy this advice, 1 Timothy 5:23 No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments. Balance is provided with the topic of alcohol. Is it a good idea to have a drink around an alcoholic? Probably not. Romans 14:21 It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles. Applied common sense goes a long way.

Drinking and partying were the focus. There was no place for God in their lifestyle. Another “Woe”.

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