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Isaiah 10:1-2 Corruption in Government, Woe

Posted in Isaiah with tags , , , , , on September 15, 2013 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 10:1-2: Woe to those who enact evil statutes and to those who constantly record unjust decisions, so as to deprive the needy of justice and rob the poor of My people of their rights, so that widows may be their spoil and that they may plunder the orphans.

It is not a good day if God proclaims “Woe” in your direction. Woe can be translated many ways. Woe can mean: dead, as good as dead, poor, those doomed, judged, sure to be judged, danger awaits, grave danger, or sinful. These two verses are God’s reminders to Israel of their guilty charges. Translation, the legal system is in trouble.

The Hebrew grammar describes legislators who write laws for their benefit. Laws could be understood as troublesome or wicked. These laws were crafted and written in a corrupt manner over and over. This was taking place in Isaiah’s day. As you can see, American legislation has not changed or evolved to a higher standard in the early 21st Century. God did not approve of legislative corruption in the past and He does not approve of it now. His character does not change.

The judges are simply stated as “trouble”. They rob the poor, low, afflicted, wretched, and the weak of justice.

The legal system takes advantage of the weakest in society: widows and orphans. Culturally, God calls on the people to take care of orphans and widows. Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.

Woe…

Isaiah 9:17 Anarchy, Even the Orphans and Widows

Posted in Isaiah with tags , , , , , , on August 25, 2013 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 9:17 Therefore the Lord does not take pleasure in their young men, nor does He have pity on their orphans or their widows; for every one of them is godless and an evildoer, and every mouth is speaking foolishness. In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away and His hand is still stretched out.

The young men referenced in the verse are the best of the best. They are well-trained specialists, hand selected, and skilled. In other contexts, these young men are skilled military soldiers. Jeremiah 18:21 …their young men struck down by the sword in battle.

God has specific instructions in regards to orphans and widows. Exodus 22:22-24 “You shall not afflict any widow or orphan. If you afflict him at all, and if he does cry out to Me, I will surely hear his cry; and My anger will be kindled, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless. Culturally, God calls on the people to take care of orphans and widows. Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.

In this case, God shows no compassion, tenderness, or mercy. The entire population is profane and hypocritical. The Hebrew grammar indicates the people are injuring and hurting each other. They all practice evil and wickedness, even the orphans and widows.

They talk about senselessness and folly. They discuss immorality and profane actions. They are talkers and doers of what they say. Vocabulary definitions provided per Strong’s Concordance.

The phrase “In spite of all this His anger does not turn away, and His hand is still stretched out” is noted for the second time in Isaiah 9. The second judgment has been completed. Israel still has two more remaining judgments before completion.

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