vs. 1-3 – The reproving of voluptuous women
v. 2 – “by His holiness” – God swears by His holiness
which cannot tolerate iniquity.
The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world!
If her influences tend to the enthronement of corruption
& wrong, she must be disposed of as a matter of policy,
& punished as a matter of judgment.
Luxury had become a chronic social evil! It was a cancer
eating out the well-being of society, devouring generation
after generation. Historically true but not necessarily an
extention for the profligate.
“with hooks….& fishhooks” – always painful but doubly
so if there is resistance.
v. 3 – “ye shall go out at the breaches” – as a herd of cows
go through a gap or down a path, one after another – the
level of intelligence goes down with the level of morality.
Living a brutes life of sense has a penalty, a weakening
of the heavenly gift of reason, by which we are
distinguished from them.
vs. 4-5 – An unholy alliance of corruption & religiosity.
The acted like men & women who had praise to offer
and gifts to bestow, but no sin to be atoned or to confess?
The offer to do more than was required of God – THE
HUMAN MIND CANNOT ADD ANYTHING TO A
A salvation by works – an escape from religious
realities – no longer God’s but man’s idea and
inconsistent with what God had appointed.
The observance of them was not service but
disobedience and rebellion.
God will take no gift from a sin-stained hand. Is. 1:15
vs. 6-11 –
In these verses God mentions instances of His judgments –
famine, drought, blight, pestilence and earthquake.
God’s signature on these judgments but the love of sin
is stronger than the fear of suffering. Courses which are
known to all by experience and observation to ruin health
& happiness are entered into deliberately by millions.
Five times recurs this sad refrain – “yet have ye not
returned unto me, saith the Lord”
v. 11 – Not only a narrow escape but an escape
accompanied with loss. The brand not wholly
consumed is yet blackened and diminished by
Once green, fresh, fragrant, with leaf or flower,
now scorched, charred, blackened, all but consumed.
An escape with a certain amount of injury –
it can never be like it once was – Humpty Dumpty.
And then – “He that being often reproved hardeneth
his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, & that without
remedy” – Prov. 29:1
The criminal often leaves prison more callous than
he entered – not softened but hardened – hatred to
God and love of sin are intensified, rebelliousness
is stirred up, self-will is the rule, so moral
insensibility is increased by the process of resistance.
v. 12 – Because all previous judgments had been
useless, therefore will the Lord send something
more terrible still – perhaps the suspense may
work fear and repentance.
“Prepare to meet thy God, O
v. 13 – The prophet declares God’s power &
The mountains mentioned as the most solid
and everlasting of His works.
The wind, as the subtlest & most immaterial
of created things.
“declareth unto man what is his thought” – shows
that He knows man’s thought before man puts it into