Woe to Ephraim and Jerusalem

Isaiah 28:1 – 29

Isaiah delivers a message of judgment against Ephraim, a half-tribe of Israel. These drunk, proud people will be brought to brought into trouble, and the remnant of God’s people will reign. Isaiah proclaims that the young will rise up and lead in place of the established leaders who have failed through intoxication. The famous lines,

10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept,

Line upon line, line upon line,

Here a little, there a little,”

Speaks of the learning process to being righteous. They must learn to hear the word of the Lord.

Isaiah then goes on to utter the famous prophecy about the cornerstone. A stone for foundation, a tried, precious cornerstone shall be laid. Those who believe will not act hastily, but will live up to the measuring line.

Finally, Isaiah instructs the readers to take the example of the farmer and how he follows a certain process for plowing, sowing, and reaping the wheat. God is the great Reaper who will follow His process. His people should learn to follow him and receive His guidance and counsel. His ways are great, holy, and profitable.

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