All who are intent on doing evil will be cut off (Isaiah 29)
[June 27, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.]
Most of our readers are suffering under abusers and if they’ve left their abusers they’re still suffering from their abuser’s conduct — the abuser’s slander, the court battles, the long-term health effects of living under constant stress, the abuser’s allies in the church, the social isolation, financial problems, trying to manage kids who are manipulated by the abuser on visitation, trying to maintain relationships with kids who are living with the abuser, trying to rebuild relationships with their adult children who are blaming the victim rather than the abuser, the list goes on and on.
So most of our readers are suffering a lot. My guess is that only a minority of our readers have got their lives to a place where they are safe and happy and not living in crisis mode the majority of the time.
This post is written particularly to encourage those who are still under the pump of abusers. Those who long for it to stop. Those who long for peace and freedom and the joy of the Lord. Those who long to see their abusers exposed and brought to justice.
(Isaiah 29:13-23 NASB1995)
Then the Lord said,
“Because this people draw near with their words
And honor Me with their lip service,
But they remove their hearts far from Me,
And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,
Therefore behold, I will once again deal marvelously with this people, wondrously marvelous;
And the wisdom of their wise men will perish,
And the discernment of their discerning men will be concealed.”
Woe to those who deeply hide their plans from the LORD,
And whose deeds are done in a dark place,
And they say, “Who sees us?” or “Who knows us?”
You turn things around!
Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay,
That what is made would say to its maker, “He did not make me”;
Or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?
Is it not yet just a little while
Before Lebanon will be turned into a fertile field,
And the fertile field will be considered as a forest?
On that day the deaf will hear words of a book,
And out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.
The afflicted also will increase their gladness in the LORD
And the needy of mankind will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
For the ruthless will come to an end and the scorner will be finished,
Indeed all who are intent on doing evil will be cut off;
Who cause a person to be indicted by a word,
And ensnare him who adjudicates at the gate,
And defraud the one in the right with meaningless arguments.
Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob:
“Jacob shall not now be ashamed, nor shall his face now turn pale;
But when he sees his children, the work of My hands, in his midst,
They will sanctify My name;
Indeed, they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob
And will stand in awe of the God of Israel.”
Does anything stand out to you in this passage? I love where it says “the ruthless will come to an end and the scorner will be finished, indeed all who are intent on doing evil will be cut off.” Won’t that be wonderful?
And notice this powerfully insightful line as well — “And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote.” We have written before about this. How pastors and churches and popular “Christian” authors perpetuate false teachings that claim to be the Word of God when in fact they are the traditions of men, created by men. God hates this kind of religion and He is going to cut it off forever one day.
All the abusers, serial pedophiles, stony-hearted church leaders who scorn the victims when they come forward and disclose….will all be finished on that Day. God will cut them off. Come quickly Lord Jesus. And until You come, in the ‘just a little while’ before You come, give strength to those who are afflicted by the wicked.
[June 27, 2022: Editors’ notes:
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