He describes people who work at sin. They don’t fall into it; they pull it to themselves like a team of horses pulls a load. They do it, in spite of, the conviction of their own consciences and God’s faithfulness to warn and correct them. In so doing, they pull God’s judgments onto their own heads.
He describes their sin by saying they “call evil good, and good evil.” Yet, in spite of God’s strong warnings against it, we have decided to call homosexuality another lifestyle option and abortion just a choice. We justify the wicked for a bribe and call it politics and call anyone who speaks up for the truth intolerant.
Isaiah 5 & 6
1 Corinthians 15.29-58
Pulling Sin & Judgment with a Cord
Isaiah 5 & 6:
Working Hard to Sin
Even though these passages are specifically about the nation of Israel, there is much universal truth contained in them. Look at verse 18:
Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity,
And sin as if with a cart rope.
Matthew Henry had this to say:
Here are [s]ins described which will bring judgments upon a people: and this perhaps is not only a charge drawn up against the men of Judah who lived at that time, and the particular articles of that charge, though it may relate primarily to them, but is rather intended for warning to all people, in all ages, to take heed of these sins, as destructive both to particular persons and to communities, and exposing men to God’s wrath and his righteous judgments.
He goes on to describe their behavior:
Who are eagerly set upon sin, and violent in their sinful pursuits (Isaiah 5:18), who draw iniquity with cords of vanity, who take as much pains to sin as the cattle do that draw a team, who put themselves to the stretch for the gratifying of their inordinate appetites, and, to humour a base lust, offer violence to nature itself. They think themselves as sure of compassing their wicked project as if they were pulling it towards them with strong cart-ropes … in spite of the oppositions of Providence and the checks of conscience. Some by sin understand the punishment of sin: they pull God’s judgments upon their own heads as it were, with cart-ropes.
These are people who work at sin. They don’t fall into it; they pull it to themselves like a team of horses pulls a load. They do it, in spite of, the conviction of their own consciences and God’s faithfulness to warn and correct them (Providence). In so doing, they pull God’s judgments on their own heads.
I commented on some of this yesterday, but think about our nation as you read the following verses 5.20-24:
20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
And prudent in their own sight!
22 Woe to men mighty at drinking wine,
Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink,
23 Who justify the wicked for a bribe,
And take away justice from the righteous man!
24 Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble,
And the flame consumes the chaff,
So their root will be as rottenness,
And their blossom will ascend like dust;
Because they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts,
And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
We call evil (abortion, homosexuality, etc.) good.
We call speaking up for the truth about those and other subjects “intolerant” and evil.
We put forth darkness (all kinds of sin and immorality) as being “enlightened”—intellectual.
We rail against the backward narrow-minded Christians who supposedly want to “impose” their views on everyone.
We justify the wicked for a bribe and call it politics.
We take away the justice from the righteous man.
Then we are outraged when the flame of a bad economy consumes our retirement plans and our stock portfolios and our jobs disappear like blossoms gone by and turned to dust.
We want to blame past presidential administrations, immigrants, the middle class, the rich, the poor, or corporate America. But the real problem is we “have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel”! Continue reading