Woes Warn Against Living Lies

conflict of evil v goodWoes Warn Against Living Lies

Woe to those who drag wickedness with cords of deceit and [pull] sin along with cart ropes, to those who say: “Let Him hurry up and do His work quickly so that we can see it! Let the plan of the Holy One of Israel take place so that we can know it!” Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute bitter for  sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own opinion and clever in their own sight. Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine,  who are fearless at mixing beer, who acquit the guilty for a bribe and deprive the innocent of justice. Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes straw and as dry grass shrivels on the flame, so their roots will become like something rotten and their blossoms will blow away like dust, for they have rejected the instruction of the Lord of Hosts, and they have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. Therefore the Lord’s anger burns against His people. He raised His hand against them and struck them; the mountains quaked, and their corpses were like garbage in the streets. In all this, His anger is not removed, and His hand is still raised [to strike]. He raises a signal flag for the distant nations and whistles for them from the ends of the earth. Look how quickly and swiftly they come! None of them grows weary or stumbles; no slumbers or sleeps. No belt is loose, and no sandal strap broken. Their arrows are sharpened, and all their bows strung. Their horses’ hooves are like flint; their [chariot] wheels are like a whirlwind. Their roaring is like a lion’s; they roar like young lions; they growl and seize their prey and carry [it] off, and no one can rescue [it]. On that day they will roar over it, like the roaring of the sea. When one looks at the land, there will be darkness and distress; light will be obscured by clouds. Isaiah 5:18-30 (HCSB)

This is the climax when we risk ignoring the warnings that the Lord gives us. When he spells out the gory details of the consequences if we continue to ignore the warnings it is time listen. If we continue to disobey and deceive ourselves and the people around us, we will face the dire consequences for our behavior. The “woes” are God’s repeated fair warning…though none should be necessary.

Who do you know who clings to the cords of deceit as the foundation of their lives? They spin evil as good, and dismiss good as evil! They are the same who find darkness comforting to hide their evil ways, and sleep during the light of day. They thirst for beer and wine and boast of their grand feats while under its influence. They idolize the wicked and perverse, and find fault in the righteous and innocent. However, ignorance will not be acceptable. The Lord our God desires to transform our behavior to the ways of justice and righteousness – ways pleasing to him – by whatever means are needed, even if it requires times of trials and tribulation. Israel flaunted their selfish and hedonistic ways and the Lord directed the ruthless armies of Assyria upon them and ten of the twelve tribes of Israel were conquered and exiled into literal extinction. Only a faithful remnant survived and were dispersed into foreign lands.

In our lives, if we rebel against God’s will, ways, and wisdom, challenges and conflict will be a part of our future too. Our God remains vigilant and hopeful that we will pay attention to his warnings which will cause us to woe just as the Israelites centuries ago. There are real eternal consequences for perverting truth, goodness, and justice – the unforgivable lifestyle that will not go unpunished.

God loves us and desires to do everything possible to clutch us and call us one of His own, but you and I must stop living the lie and place our faith and trust in him, because genuine love and lies cannot co-exist! Since God always knows the truth, we only end up lying to ourselves.

The only unpardonable sin is our belligerent rejection of God’s will, ways and wisdom.



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4 thoughts on “Woes Warn Against Living Lies”

  1. My Precious Friend,
    I no longer drink alcohol, for it was adding to a weight problem too many of us have. I have many friends who do drink responsibly, and I was brought up to believe Welch’s Grape Juice was what they had at the Lord’s supper. Wine was at the Lord’s table, and Jesus changed water in to wine for the wedding at Cana. No refrigeration meant fermentation, and to ferment, thus wine was safe to drink and to carry on journeys. Beer is not mentioned in the Bible, but we are being unfair to those who drink and remain sober. This, where we substitute words like bitter and/or sweet to mean beer and wine is misleading, for we are changing what the scripture ask. We are advised to be, “Sober,” –But we know from famous places such as Harvard, John Hopkins, and Stanford that again and again–A little wine is good for us, and if I wanted to, I would have it. Sadly, the American Indians do not have the enzymes to break down alcohol, and I saw uncles so abuse alcohol after WW II–And my Grandpa, My mother’s father hardly knew a sober day. All cultures of the old countries had a form of fermented drink, and I believe the Quran does forbid alcohol. This is not the case of the old or the new testament, and a lot of people object to religious life, for we’ for adding to the Bible language of the 19th and 20th centuries choice of what we argue as sin. We let women be beaten for we do not rude further regarding women’s responsibility to husbands–when in the very next line St. Paul states that husbands should love their wives as Christ loved his church. We do not destroy what we love, but we still have wife beaters due to selective reading.// People who cannot genetically beak down alcohol should not drink, for alcohol makes them dangerous to others and to themselves–But let us be fair to those who can be responsible, and not act, “Higher and Unwelcoming,” when invited to the celebrations of other cultures. I’ve seen Christians act ridiculous over a small champagne toast at my mother and father’s 65th wedding anniversary. Those who stay married for 65 years deserve the finest of wine! There were far more there who suffered from the sin of gluttony than who had problems with champagne. I welcome comments regarding this issue–And the fruit of the vine was wine. American Indians once had fresh water–and the coming of us would be the end of the civilization and the culture in the land which was their own. Tobacco would be their death trap, and when I was a child–Men and a few women had to light up before the church door smacked them in the face. Again, I welcome comments, for we need to be in communion with all of those who believe that Jesus Christ was our Lord and Salvation.
    “Amen,” And Bless All Who Share The Cross With Us–
    Barbara Everett Heintz

  2. Barb, You address some serious interpretative (very subjective) topics in the Bible. Alcohol is not prohibited but drinking too much is. Eating is not prohibited but eating too much is. Tobacco is a intoxicant and consequences come from using it. What I pray daily is that we can get back to the core values of God found in the Decalogue (aka Ten Commandments) – summarized very efficiently by Jesus on the question of priority of the laws: Love God completely and absolutely above all; Love others as you love yourself and desire to be loved. With that as the filter, our relationships should be not filtered by our selfish desire for alcohol, tobacco or “fighting” with one another especially one’s spouse or child or parent. Selfish behavior has become the preference and thus conflict, confusion and chaos are sure to follow. We begin to make a difference when we set the proper example even when it may cause us discomfort and cost us friends we thought were friends but actually were social parasites serving their own purposes. Jesus stressed against such behavior and in the church leadership and found the death penalty his price. Set the example for what is right, good and just, and don’t worry about the behavior of others. Change of hearts must come willingly…

  3. Hi Coach,
    Pardon my misspelled words in my response. The world would change on a dime if each of us followed the Commandments. The Bible was the first guide to etiquette–How can one set of rules from God to Abraham appear to be applicable over 5000 years, repeated in the New Testament not be seen as Divine and the right way to live?? No articles are set out more clearly and guarantee followers, “Your Life–All lives will be gloriously if you accept these commandments.

    No one would be without, nor lonely, misled, boasting, lied to or broken hearted. Respect and love, loving our brothers and sisters–The keys to avoiding where we are right now and yesterday are laid out so clearly, and for the sake of each person–These commandments followed lead to a well lived life. How selfish truly that such had to be removed from all public schools and buildings–For we were better when reminded of these rules for any age and for the comfort of all men.

    I respect as well that lives lived using them would deter most of the anguish of the world, Public buildings can have words of philosophers and astronomers, the poetry of man–But the crude wishes of the few but overpowering bullies needed these rules out of sight, for they had one name as author, and it was God.

    It is a selfish world though, and these called us to something higher–But the son of Ronald Reagen has chosen to note he has no fear of hell stating he’s a non-believer and has no fear of this place, “Hell.” There is a double edged sword here, and it adds up to lowering the power of God’s people to be seen and heard even in the places where we, too, have paid our taxes. This is a time to pray for the anguish of this world.

    We’re saying the same things and words, Coach, but we are shouted down from those who do not even want their children to hear the words of hope and what is to come. Let us solemnly pray the prayer Jesus left us, and let the commandments of laws made to help us have a guide in the Great Commandments.

    All the best, and thank you so much, Barbara

  4. AMEN. Don’t allow the actions and words of others deter you from living as God desires us to live.Let your life speak loud and ignore and pray for those like Reagan’s son. Nothing has changed in 5000 years. Not everyone has the ears to listen and the mind to understand because their hearts are hardened by the world’s influence.

    God bless you and thank you.

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