|Isaiah 30:1,8-9 |
1 "Woe to the rebellious children," says the LORD, "who take counsel, but not from me; and cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, so that they may add sin to sin;1
8 Now go, write it before them in a tablet, and note it in a book, that it may be a witness for the time to come forever and ever.
9 For this is a rebellious people, lying children, children who will not hear the law of the LORD;
1 Because the Jews missed the virgin having a child, as prophesied in Isaiah 7:14, therefore the Lord calls them in 'Isa 30:1, rebellious children;' when he says, 'woe to you rebellious children, says the Lord, that take counsel but not of me; that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin.' For, had they been covered with the spirit, they would have seen the sign that God gave them, the virgin having a son, the Immanuel, who came at the time according to Daniel's prophecy. Therefore, Isaiah says, "the Lord says, write it before them in a tablet, and note it in a book, that it may be a witness for the time to come, forever and ever; for this is a rebellious people, lying children, that will not hear the law of the Lord." Isa 30:1,8-9. So here you may see what they were in Isaiah's days, and the rest of the prophets'; and we may see what state the Jews were in Moses' days, and the rest of the Judges; and what they were when the Messiah came: for did they not say to the seers, 'see not;' to the prophets, 'prophesy not to us right things, speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceit;' so we may see how they were against the prophets, and how they were all along from Moses to the Messiah. (This footnote's previous material was taken from George Fox's writing, A Mirror for the Jews).
And, is not Christendom asleep today too? Does not Christendom cover themselves with a false Jesus, a false salvation, a false faith, and a false hope? Does not Christendom say: "tell us smooth, easy things; tell us we are going to heaven; don't talk about sin, covetousness, sexual immorality, divorce, anger, rage, drunkenness, lying, envy, greed; tell us how God loves us; tell us that we are his favored people; tell us that he is going to rapture us into the heavens and then destroy the really evil people; tell us what our itching ears want to hear, tell us we are saved; tell us we are righteous, even though we are immersed in sin; tell us we are not going to die, as we continue to walk after the imagination of our own hearts, living our life just as selfishly as we think is good for us, as we make our own decisions about what is good and bad; tell us that perfection is impossible, that Jesus really didn't mean, 'be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect;' tell us there is no cross to bear, that Jesus did it all for us; tell us all we have to do is believe he is the son of God, and that obedience to all his commands is unimportant?"