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We tend to think of Isaiah as the prophet of Israel who brought God’s word to the Israelites. Indeed, this is true. But, through Isaiah, the Lord often addressed other nations as well. In Isaiah 21 he spoke to Babylon, Edom, and various peoples in the region of Arabia.
Churches are indeed gatherings of God’s people, but he claims others in the communities where churches find themselves. In fact, God places churches where they are, not only that they might be blessed, but also so that they may reach out to draw others into the fellowship of God’s people. Every church has a missional calling: to proclaim in word and demonstrate in action the gospel of Jesus Christ, so that people might come to faith and join the people of God.
Reading between the lines of Isaiah 18, we can see that certain ambassadors from far away came with an offer of military help for Israel. They came from Cush, a region south of Egypt along the tributaries of the Nile River, roughly equal to modern day Ethiopia. Ambassadors from Cush came down the Nile in their boats in order to enter into an alliance with Israel. But the Lord rejected their offer, noting that he had more than enough power to deal with countries that would attack Israel.
When we think about the cost of forgetting God, we are apt to think of “spiritual” things. When we forget God, we fail to worship him. When we forget God, we cut ourselves off from his guidance. When we forget God, we lose a strong sense of our life’s purpose.
Have you ever experienced something like this? You make choices in your life that seem to advance your own cause. You trust in what you have done, in your plans, in your cleverness, in your own hard work. For a while all seems well, but then the results of your actions begin to crash upon you like waves during a storm. As you are battered, you realize the folly of your ways. Then, and only then, do you turn your eyes to God, looking for help to the only one who can save you. Is this story at all familiar to you?
Wouldn’t you like to work for an organization with a leader who is “quick to set things right”? Don’t you wish for political leaders who “speed the cause of righteousness”?
And don’t you want to be such a leader in places where you have been given authority? I know I do. I want to be eager to do the right thing, knowing that my good works honor God. I want to do what’s right quickly, even when part of me resists.
Do you ever read a passage of Scripture and wonder, “How in the world is this relevant for me?” It might be an obscure law in Leviticus or the counting of the Israelites in numbers. Or it could be Isaiah 15, which reveals the coming judgment of Moab. Is there anything here for us today?
We don’t talk much about God’s punishment today. For those of us who are so rightly focused on the grace of God, it’s easy to forget God’s justice. The Lord does not dismiss evil as no big deal, however common a dismissal is in our time of history. Rather, God hates evil. He judges it and punishes it.
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