Hiding from Reality (Isaiah 1:21-2:4)John Parker, 20th May 2018
Part of the Study of Isaiah series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service
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1:22 Your silver has become dross, your choice wine is diluted with water.
1:23 Your rulers are rebels, companions of thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow's case does not come before them.
1:24 Therefore the Lord, the Lord Almighty, the Mighty One of Israel, declares: "Ah, I will get relief from my foes and avenge myself on my enemies.
1:25 I will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities.
1:26 I will restore your judges as in days of old, your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City."
1:27 Zion will be redeemed with justice, her penitent ones with righteousness.
1:28 But rebels and sinners will both be broken, and those who forsake the Lord will perish.
1:29 "You will be ashamed because of the sacred oaks in which you have delighted; you will be disgraced because of the gardens that you have chosen.
1:30 You will be like an oak with fading leaves, like a garden without water.
1:31 The mighty man will become tinder and his work a spark; both will burn together, with no one to quench the fire."
2:1 This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
2:2 In the last days the mountain of the Lord 's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.
2:3 Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord , to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
2:4 He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
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