Short Reads to Stimulate Long Thoughts

In the Written Word with the Living Word – Isaiah 5

Wednesday – September 2, 2015

Isaiah 4 (NASB)

“So now let Me tell you what I am going to do to My vineyard:
I will remove its hedge and it will be consumed;
I will break down its wall and it will become trampled ground.
“I will lay it waste;
It will not be pruned or hoed,
But briars and thorns will come up.
I will also charge the clouds to rain no rain on it.”

For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel
And the men of Judah His delightful plant.
Thus He looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed;
For righteousness, but behold, a cry of distress.

Woe to those who add house to house and join field to field,
Until there is no more room,
So that you have to live alone in the midst of the land!
In my ears the Lord of hosts has sworn, “Surely, many houses shall become desolate,
Even great and fine ones, without occupants.
10 “For ten acres of vineyard will yield only one bath of wine,
And a homer of seed will yield but an ephah of grain.”
11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning that they may pursue strong drink,
Who stay up late in the evening that wine may inflame them!
12 Their banquets are accompanied by lyre and harp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine;
But they do not pay attention to the deeds of the Lord,
Nor do they consider the work of His hands.

13 Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge;
And their honorable men are famished,
And their multitude is parched with thirst.

Woe to you My people because you have sought a life of ease, a life filled with stuff, a life adorned with blessings, a life cram-packed with facts-figures-principles all from My word – but lack knowledge of Me – you choose to dance, sing, play instruments, preach sermons, teach knowledge, but shy away from building intimacy with Me.

You choose to interpret My calling to intimacy of fellowship with fulfilling a ministry. You find it easier to pursue tasks than spend time with Me. All that you do I could do without you but have chosen to do it in the context of partnership with you. I don’t want you doing it FOR ME but I want you to do it WITH ME, and that will only happen when you pursue INTIMACY WITH ME.

So tell Me Terry; How well do you know Me and how does your day depict Our intimacy?  Do you want Me or just the stuff that you can get from Me?


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