The very first chapter of Isaiah is a clear window to see through concerning how the good Lord See’s the homeless, poor, widowed, orphans and the oppressed. Not only globally yet, in our own back yard!
These are the days that Jesus, and the apostle Paul warned us about! (II Timothy 3rd chapter!)
Jesus says in John 12:42-50… ( I placed it in bold type to place the emphasis on His Words, and not mine, I talk to much anyway. Yet, His Words of light, and life, are so important in these days, this present darkness.)
42 However, many of the chief men also believed in him: but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, that they might not be cast out of the synagogue.
43 For they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God.
44 But Jesus cried and said: He that believeth in me doth not believe in me, but in him that sent me.
45 And he that seeth me, seeth him that sent me.
46 I am come, a light into the world, that whosoever believeth in me may not remain in darkness.
47 And if any man hear my words and keep them not, I do not judge him for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
48 He that despiseth me and receiveth not my words hath one that judgeth him. The word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
49 For I have not spoken of myself: but the Father who sent me, he gave me commandment what I should say and what I should speak.
50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting. The things therefore that I speak, even as the Father said unto me, so do I speak.
Now to me, this speaks for the eternity of God’s words.
For they are living words, spoken from the beginning! By Jesus as John says in his first chapter…
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made.
In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. ~ John 1:1-5
These words alone are quite telling to me about the eternity of God’s words throughout scripture. It also tells me that from from the time the light of the world walked among us… It has gotten darker, and darker… Until when He comes, will He find any faith on earth? This is a call for the greatest commandments:
Matthew 22:35 And one of them, a doctor of the law, asked him, tempting him:
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart and with thy whole soul and with thy whole mind.
38 This is the greatest and the first commandment.
39 And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets.
Now, here is the very first chapter of Isaiah… ( to me this is a heavy indiaghtment against the modern day church, the industrial military complex, capitalism, consumerism, and anyone with extreme execs. We are supposed to be the light of the World! We are not supposed to dance with the devil, and believe everything will be alright! And that is exactly what we are doing,
THE vision of Isaias the Son of Amos, which he saw concerning Juda and Jerusalem in the days of Ozias, Joathan, Achaz, and Ezechias, kings of Juda.
2 Hear, O ye heavens, and give ear, O earth, for the Lord hath spoken. I have brought up children, and exalted them: but they have despised me.
3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel hath not known me, and my people hath not understood.
4 Woe to the sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a wicked seed, ungracious children: they have forsaken the Lord, they have blasphemed the Holy One of Israel, they are gone away backwards.
5 For what shall I strike you any more, you that increase transgression? the whole head is sick, and the whole heart is sad.
6 From the sole of the foot unto the top of the head, there is no soundness therein: wounds and bruises and swelling sores: they are not bound up, nor dressed, nor fomented with oil.
7 Your land is desolate, your cities are burnt with fire: your country strangers devour before your face, and it shall be desolate as when wasted by enemies.
8 And the daughter of Sion shall be left as a covert in a vineyard, and as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, and as a city that is laid waste.
9 Except the Lord of hosts had left us seed, we had been as Sodom, and we should have been like to Gomorrha.
10 Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom, give ear to the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrha.
11 To what purpose do you offer me the multitude of your victims, saith the Lord? I am full, I desire not holocausts of rams, and fat of fatlings, and blood of calves, and lambs, and buck goats.
12 When you came to appear before me, who required these things at your hands, that you should walk in my courts?
13 Offer sacrifice no more in vain: incense is an abomination to me. The new moons, and the sabbaths and other festivals I will not abide, your assemblies are wicked.
14 My soul hateth your new moons, and your solemnities: they are become troublesome to me, I am weary of bearing them.
15 And when you stretch forth your hands, I will turn away my eyes from you: and when you multiply prayer, I will not hear: for your hands are full of blood.
16 Wash yourselves, be clean, take away the evil of your devices from my eyes, cease to do perversely,
17 Learn to do well: seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge for the fatherless, defend the widow.
18 And then come, and accuse me, saith the Lord: if your sins be as scarlet, they shall be made as white as snow: and if they be red as crimson, they shall be white as wool.
19 If you be willing, and will hearken to me, you shall eat the good things of the land.
20 But if you will not, and will provoke me to wrath: the sword shall devour you because the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
21 How is the faithful city, that was full of judgment, become a harlot? justice dwelt in it, but now murderers.
22 Thy silver is turned into dross: thy wine is mingled with water.
23 Thy princes are faithless, companions of thieves: they all love bribes, they run after rewards. They judge not for the fatherless: and the widow’s cause cometh not in to them.
24 Therefore saith the Lord the God of hosts, the mighty one of Israel: Ah! I will comfort myself over my adversaries: and I will be revenged of my enemies.
25 And I will turn my hand to thee, and I will clean purge away thy dross, and I will take away all thy tin.
26 And I will restore thy judges as they were before, and thy counsellors as of old. After this thou shalt be called the city of the just, a faithful city.
27 Sion shall be redeemed in judgment, and they shall bring her back in justice.
28 And he shall destroy the wicked, and the sinners together: and they that have forsaken the Lord, shall be consumed.
29 For they shall be confounded for the idols, to which they have sacrificed: and you shall be ashamed of the gardens which you have chosen.
30 When you shall be as an oak with the leaves falling off, and as a garden without water.
31 And your strength shall be as the ashes of tow, and your work as a spark: and both shall burn together, and there shall be none to quench it.
I hope and pray, that this brings what the spirit of the Lord speaks throughout all of Holy Scripture in regards to His concern regarding the position between His people and the poor, needy, homeless, widowed, fatherless?! The soulfully broken are waiting for us to bring the message in a very profound, mind blowing way!
In Luke 4:18-19
The spirit of the Lord is upon me. Wherefore he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the contrite of heart,
19 To preach deliverance to the captives and sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord and the day of reward.
May the Lord open our eyes, and heart before it’s too late for so many souls lost in our sins!?
I really hope that this makes a little sense? I do get carried away with it sometimes. Any inaccuracies are completely mine.
Thank you for stopping by and reading my craziness.
Truthfully, the only thing I possess that means everything to me is my hope in the Risen Lord, Jesus Christ!!!
Because, as the apostle Paul says; if Christ isn’t Risen from the dead, then we are the most pitiful of men. And I for one have already worshipped in pagan temples, and found nothing that even comes close to what I have been graced with through the merciful God, and His Holy Scripture! NOTHING comes close! This is the treasurer I have. Well, except my physical copy of Holy Scripture 💖
God bless us, His children from the devil’s snares! Amen!
It’s really almost too obvious when you actually take the time to read these passages. Whole economic systems (pretty much all of them) are sinful and encourage sin. If you take such passages seriously, and take them pretty much at face value, your worldview absolutely is challenged and needs to change. And then you need to start exploring the alternatives.
Putting others ahead of your own interest – especially the poor – just is NOT what we teach or believe. In fact, our schools, our politics, and our churches teach almost the opposite.
In that sense, the word you have brought here is overwhelming.
True, but overwhelming.
I am overhwhelmed, and I am WITH you on this.
Glad to see signs of life here.
Oh.. . and I keep meaning to get back to recent comments you left at my site. I mean to to add more to that conversation, just need to take some time and get back to it.
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Agent X, thank you for your generous words!
Yes, if read through they are overwhelming, even to me. It’s a funny thing, I feel totally guilty when another person has absolutely nothing but the clothes on their sorrowful back, and I have so much comparatively speaking. Thomas Aguintas, think I spelled his name correctly, said: if you have two coats you have stollen the second one from someone else! That is paraphrased, of course.
I’m in no hurry, get to the conversation when you have the time, my friend.
These are the things that the Lord lays on my heart every day. God bless you and your family, Agent X! God’s working on us so hang on!