Monday, May 22, 2017

The Second Woe of the Egyptian Alliance (Part III)

"And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken. The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly." (Isaiah 32:3-4)

The people of the nations will no longer see without actually seeing, and neither will they hear without actually hearing. Instead, the hearts of people will be open to the truth of God. The word behind rash is a plural participle which may be translated as the ones who are hurried. The world is hurried and foolish. People commonly speak without thinking and do not have time to stop, listen and truly understand. In the day of the revelation of Jesus' glory, the hurried individual will "be still and know that [He] is God (Psalm 46:10)." Stammerers are those who speak inarticulately. The word plainly means glowing, dazzling or clear. The healing presence of the Creator will be manifested in the very speech of the world's peoples.

"The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful. For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail. The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right. But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand." (Isaiah 32:5-8)

The sin of man's heart encourages him to see good for evil and evil for good (Isaiah 5:20). All over the globe, the things in which God delights are disdained while that which He hates is exalted. Christ's kingdom will correct these atrocities. Liberal means honorable or generous. The wicked fool will no longer be labeled as good. A churl is a rascal or a knave. A man of defective character appreciates others who are like him. The Lord makes it clear that such people are in no wise moral. Regardless of man's attempts to warp the moral principles of God, darkness will remain darkness and light will remain light. God exposed the true heart of such people by displaying their works. They are villains who rejoice in wrongdoing. Their hearts are full of hypocrisy and doctrinal error. Their lifestyles are openly against God. They deprive people of physical, spiritual and emotional necessities. In short, their lives do not parallel Scripture's truths.

On the other hand, the truly generous and noble individual consistently devises and practices the things that please God thus demonstrating a heart changed by faith in Christ. Because of this man's faith in God's righteousness, his actions are in keeping with what pleases the Lord. In the judgment, he will stand.

A believer must guard against support of those who are against the principles and commands of God. Family pressures, personal agendas and other influences can encourage anyone to support those whom God is against. People can be deceived by church leadership who live contrary to the Bible. Because of ignorance and fear, a believer can easily find himself supporting an ungodly individual who holds a position of authority. By God's grace, the saint needs to separate from hypocrites (regardless of position), and find godly fellowship. The Christian who wishes to please Christ is commanded to be "a lover of good men (Titus 1:8)."

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