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Sin, where have you taken me?

Posted on Jun 14, 2014 by in Unpopular | 0 comments

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“Sin will take you farther than you wanted to go, keep you longer than you wanted to stay, and cost you more than you wanted to pay.”

I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase before.  I’m reading in Isaiah 59 this morning, and the passage reminded me of this modern-day proverb.  Read along with me.  This is the cry of the people of Israel after realizing how far they had fallen.  In my Bible, this section is entitled “Sin confessed”:

Therefore justice is far from us,
Nor does righteousness overtake us;
We look for light, but there is darkness!
For brightness, but we walk in blackness!
We grope for the wall like the blind,
And we grope as if we had no eyes;
We stumble at noonday as at twilight;
We are as dead men in desolate places.
We all growl like bears,
And moan sadly like doves;
We look for justice, but there is none;
For salvation, but it is far from us.

Isaiah 59:9-11, NKJV

The pain in this passage is palpable.  You can hear the fear in their voices.  It’s heartbreaking.  And for the people of Israel, their sin has taken them farther than they had planned on going, they can’t find their way out, and it has cost them much more than they had intended on paying.

Let’s dig a little deeper into their destruction and read it again.

Therefore justice is far from us,
Nor does righteousness overtake us;

They can’t even find goodness anymore!  They’ve fallen so far that justice and righteousness have completely disappeared.  They are nowhere to be found.  This is the opposite of what David recounts in Psalm 23, where he says that goodness and mercy will follow him all the days of his life.

We look for light, but there is darkness!
For brightness, but we walk in blackness!

I wonder if they had sought out darkness in the beginning?  I imagine that they had hidden in the shadows, thinking they were clever.  Now they have found that the shadows have overtaken them.   They’re looking for light, but all around is utter blackness.

We grope for the wall like the blind,
And we grope as if we had no eyes;
We stumble at noonday as at twilight;

They are blind!  I wonder if the light isn’t right in front of them? But sin has stolen their sight.  David says in Psalm 139 that to the Lord, darkness is as light, and that there’s nowhere for us to hide from Him.  Isn’t it interesting that for fallen Israel, this concept has been turned on its head?  They stumble at noon as if it were nightfall.  In the bright sunlight, they are blind.  Light is dark to them.

We are as dead men in desolate places.

Sin has stolen their very breath.  They are like walking corpses!  Another promise of God flipped around.  Jesus told His disciples that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and that He had come to bring abundant life (John 10:10).

We all growl like bears,
And moan sadly like doves;

They have lost their sanity.  They are now growling like wild animals and moaning like birds.  Isaiah 26:3 tells us that the Lord keeps us in perfect peace when our mind is “stayed on Him”.  The Lord is the Sustainer of our sanity!  After deserting the Keeper of their minds, they literally go crazy.

  We look for justice, but there is none; For salvation, but it is far from us.

My thoughts on what God might be saying as He watches this spectacle:

“Oh, now you want justice?  Now you’re looking for salvation?  I thought that you had chosen the path of pleasure and ‘freedom’.  I thought that justice and salvation weren’t exciting enough for you.  Now you’re crawling around, blind, looking for what I gifted you from birth?”

They continue their confession in verse 12:

For our transgressions are multiplied before You,
And our sins testify against us;
For our transgressions are with us,
And as for our iniquities, we know them:
In transgressing and lying against the Lord,
And departing from our God,
Speaking oppression and revolt,
Conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

Oh, they know what they have done! They now confess to lying against the Almighty God, walking away from Him, speaking oppression and rebellion, and creating lies in their wicked hearts.  Pay attention to this.  The heart of their sin was in their SPEECH.  Their speech was what turned them away from God in the first place.  It was their lies.  (Who is the father of lies, by the way?)  Our speech will either sustain us or destroy us.   Proverbs 18:21 attests to this:

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Oh, I think they’re eating its fruit, don’t you?  Wow.  After reading this, I’m blown away by the “heart” of the matter.  It’s our speech that kills us or brings us life!  And Jesus tells us plainly, “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).

What are you speaking?  Death, or life?  Light, or darkness?  Truth, or lies?  Positive affirmations, or destructive criticisms?  What reality are you creating with your speech? A reality of darkness and hopelessness, or hope eternal?

What are you speaking?

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 18:21, NKJV

Which will you choose?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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