April 20

Isaiah 5-8, Psalm 110

I remember many years ago when I was in a shopping mall with my 3 young children that one of them quickly ran into a store and hid. Anyone who has ever experienced this understands the immediate and overwhelming panic that happens when you think that your child is missing. As we read Isaiah 5 we read of God’s Words through Isaiah of what will happen to the inhabitants of Judah, including 5:14 which says, “Therefore Sheol has enlarged itself And opened its mouth beyond measure; Their glory and their multitude and their pomp, And he who is jubilant, shall descend into it”. Jesus states something similar in Matthew 7:13-14 , “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” The earthly and eternal consequences are clearly stated here for the people of Judah as they are for us now. Yet, where is that same level of panic that we were to feel if our child was lost. Frequently I hear from parents with children who have wandered or really never accepted Christ quote Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it”. Parents often adopt an apathetic approach stating they don’t or won’t listen, but how hard are we trying?

Over and over in this chapter God uses the word, “Woe”. When God says, “woe”, we should all pause and take notice. When Jesus in Matthew 23 gives the message on the woes to the Pharisees, and in a similar portion of Scripture in Luke 19:41-44, Jesus literally weeps and is moved with compassion when he considers the future outcome of those who rejected Him.

May we all respond as Isaiah did in Chapter 6. After he repents of his uncleanness, he responds to God’s call with, “”Here am I! Send me”. (Isaiah 6:8). May we all realize the times that we are living in and be moved with compassion to reach out to a world that desperately needs to recognize their only hope of salvation. May we, like Isaiah, repent of anything that holds us back, and receive the commission that God has prepared for us. My wife once put it this way, if you were in a burning building and you knew for a fact the only exit out to safety, would you politely allow others to pass by so as not to offend them or make them feel bad? Or would you do everything within your power to help others exit the door into safety. Whatever our call is, whatever gifts God has given us does not stop us from obeying His Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) which applies to all of us who are part of His Church.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato