February 6, 2016

Isaiah 29:1-12

“The Tale of Two Cities, Part 1”
In this chapter, Isaiah describes two different cities. The first had an environment dominated by those who were spiritually blind, drunk, hypocritical, and egocentric. This city was Jerusalem, the capital of the nation and its spiritual center. Its leaders had forgotten God. They pursued selfish ends. The national and spiritual leaders had forgotten God. They were deaf and blind to the truth.

They suffered a self-induced blindness (29:9a). Spiritual blindness had become a way of life. They were a danger to themselves and the life of their nation. John warns us of this peril: “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:6).

They suffered a God-induced drunkenness (29:9b). Isaiah was done with this generation. He knew God’s judgment was coming to those who were indifferent to God’s truth.

The citizens of this city had a distorted view of God (29:10a). When we distort God’s Word, it leads to disaster.

The citizens were blinded by their own ego (29:10b-16). The city and nation were indifferent to God and his messenger Isaiah. Their key characteristic was their hypocrisy: praising God with their lips but not their hearts.

Is this where you live? Is this your city? The Good News of the Gospel is that you don’t have to live here. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).