Wednesday, July 15, 2015: Isaiah 22-24; Hebrews 12
Now the Lord is about to lay waste the earth and make it desolate,
and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.
2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;
as with the slave, so with his master;
as with the maid, so with her mistress;
as with the buyer, so with the seller;
as with the lender, so with the borrower;
as with the creditor, so with the debtor.
3 The earth shall be utterly laid waste and utterly despoiled;
for the Lord has spoken this word.
The words and images of chapter 24 are very similar to those found in chapter 13 and 14, where we read of the destruction of the earth. I promise, in the next few chapters, we will read words of hope and redemption!
What strikes me here is the comprehensive nature of God’s judgment – both slave and master, lender and borrower – no one is exempt. In the same way that no one is excluded from God’s love and faithfulness, no one is exempt from the demands of righteousness. The very nature of God is expansive and inclusive, without limits.
When you contemplate the full implication of this reality, how might it change your day to day living?