TEXT: ISAIAH 3:1-12.
KEY VERSE “For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory” (ISAIAH 3:8).
George Jones, a songwriter, said, “You can’t do wrong and get by; no matter how much you may try; Nothing hidden can be, everything he doth see; you can’t do wrong and get by.” The principle of “Cause and Effect” has always been a reality. Those who sow into the wind always reap the whirlwind. The Bible is replete with the account of individuals who brought curses and punishments to themselves by the wrong use of their tongues.
The children of Israel spent forty years in the wilderness because of their evil doing and unbridled tongue.
Also, for careless utterances and rebellion, Korah, Dathan and Abiram were swallowed up as the earth opened its mouth (Numbers 26:10). Michal, David’s wife, remained barren all through her lifetime because she did not use her tongue wisely.
God’s judgement against such sins did not stop with the Old Testament people. He visited many with His wrath in the New Testament and such punishments are still being meted out to those who trade such pernicious path today. In every dispensation, God has not hidden His displeasure against sin. Believers are warned to refrain from any act that attracts God’s punishment. He is not a respecter of persons. He punishes sin no matter where it is found.
Believers must be wary of rash criticism that attracts God’s displeasure. While He punishes sinners, He abundantly blesses those who walk in His ways. While He punished Jerusalem and Judah for their disobedience, He said, “Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat of the fruit of their doings” (verse 10). Those who truly obey God in every area of their lives will always receive His best.
✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY You can’t afford to be a new creature with an old mindset.
BIBLE IN A YEAR: MARK 11-13.
As it was of old, so it is now
- Systematic national disintegration, economic collapse, leadership failures, etc, are all attributed to just 2 things (in the text).
- What are those 2 things? v8.
- Actions and the use of the tongue are inseparable v8.
- “By their tongues ye shall know them” v8.
Lord, touch my tongue and make it a well of blessings and not curses or evil speakings
Confess and identify with our national sins you can remember and ask God to show mercy instead of judgement
God, save our nation from disintegration, moral decadence, wicked leaderships and come and rule without a rival in every strata of the society
Lord don’t allow the light in your Church and your children to be subdued by darkness