|Isaiah 29:9-13 |
9 Stop and wonder; cry out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.
10 For the LORD has poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and has closed your eyes, the prophets; and has covered your rulers, the seers.1
11 And the vision of all this has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is learned, saying, "Read this, I pray you," and he says, "I cannot, for it is sealed.2"
12 And the book is also delivered to one who is not learned, saying, "Read this, I pray you" and he says, "I am not learned."
13 Therefore the Lord says, "Since this people draws near me with their mouth and honors me with their lips, but have removed their heart far from me, and their reverence and fear toward me are taught by the precept of men;
2 The vision and the book, and the law and the prophets were a sealed book to the Jews, which spoke of Christ to the Jews, so that when the Messiah came, they wondered, and staggered like drunken men, but not with wine or strong drink. And so the Bible is a closed book today to Christendom, without a clue to what the gospel is, what is the Kingdom, what the Lord will not tolerate, and what the Lord insists we do.