Judah had received a “warning shot” meant to wake them up and help them see their need for Him and His protection. Instead, many called on their mediums and wizards to tell them what to do.
Could it be that America, too, has had a series of “warning shots”? Have we, instead of turning to God, turned to our own mediums and wizards? What will we, ultimately, do as a nation? Will we repent and turn back to God or will we continue on a path of rebellion against Him?
Isaiah 7 & 8
1 Corinthians 16.1-24
Mediums, Wizards & Warning Shots
Isaiah 7 & 8:
God’s Warning Shots
Here in chapter 7, Judah’s King Ahaz had become discouraged because of attacks from Syria and the Northern Kingdom of Israel. The Prophet Isaiah both comforted Ahaz and gave him and the nation a strong warning. He told him that the armies of Israel (the Northern Kingdom) and Syria would not prevail against him at that time, but because God knew they would not repent, instead continue in their wicked ways, he warned him that God would eventually allow their destruction.
Yet, even in the midst of that warning, He didn’t leave them without hope. He told them of the coming Messiah who would be born of a virgin, that the Messiah would be called “God with us” (Is. 7.14; Matt. 1.23), and gave other prophecies which would not be fully realized until the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ.
Perhaps the planned attack by Israel and Syria was God’s “warning shot” meant to wake them up and help them see their need for Him and His protection.
Could it be that America, too, has had a series of “warning shots”? Things like: 9-11, the banking crises, the failures in the housing market, the numerous terrorist attacks around the country, the rise in lawlessness in many cities, natural disasters, and the changes in our laws that are an all-out attack on the family and biblical Christianity.
What will we do as a nation? Will we repent and turn back to God or will we continue on a path of rebellion against Him? Will we seek God and His wisdom or will we continue to look to our mediums and wizards, all the so-called experts? Chapter 8.19-20: Continue reading