Woe to Jerusalem: All Mouth, No Heart

Isaiah 29:1-24

Isaiah speaks the woes from the Lord upon Jerusalem (Ariel).  He pledges to lay siege to the city so strongly that their voices will sound like whispers from the ground.  While Jerusalem will be defeated, God’s prophecy against those who attack Jerusalem.  They will experience storm, tempest, and fire.  They will dream that they eat, but will wake up hungry.

The Lord calls upon His people to pause and wonder.  Stop being drunk and sleepy.  The vision has come, but they would not read it.  The passage that rings true with so many follows:

Isaiah 29:13–14 (NKJV)
13 Therefore the LORD said:

“Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
And honor Me with their lips,
But have removed their hearts far from Me,
And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,
14 Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work
Among this people,
A marvelous work and a wonder;
For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.”

The people of Jerusalem tried to hide their evil works, but God intended to reveal and judge their evil.  However, God promised to bring fruit back to the field, that the deaf would hear and the blind would see, for His judgement would not last forever.  The evil will be judged and the offenders punished, but those who turn to the Lord will be saved.  Isaiah sums up the chapter as follows:

Isaiah 29:22–24 (NKJV)

22 Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob:

“Jacob shall not now be ashamed,
Nor shall his face now grow pale;
23 But when he sees his children,
The work of My hands, in his midst,
They will hallow My name,
And hallow the Holy One of Jacob,
And fear the God of Israel.
24 These also who erred in spirit will come to understanding,
And those who complained will learn doctrine.”

When judgment comes, repent.  When troubles hits as the result of your sinful actions, be contrite and ask for forgiveness.  God is gracious and merciful, and will restore.  Of this you can be sure!

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