Tuesday, January 5th, 2021
“Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.”
Dear friends near and far—
When will we ever learn the lessons from history?
My devotional verse(s) for today comes from the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. Isaiah, was a prophet and his prophecies were recorded between the 8th century and the 6th century BCE, (from c. 740 to 700 BCE). *Additional information can be found below under references.
Isaiah was a contemporary of the prophets of social justice: Amos, Hosea, and Micah. Influenced by their prophetic outcries against social injustice, Isaiah added themes peculiar to his prophetic mission. To kings, political and economic leaders, and to the people of the land, he issued a message that harked back nearly five centuries to the period of the judges: the holiness of Yahweh, the coming Messiah of Yahweh, the judgment of Yahweh, and the necessity of placing one’s own and the nation’s trust in Yahweh rather than in the might of ephemeral movements and nations. From about 742 BCE, when he first experienced his call to become a prophet, to about 687, Isaiah influenced the course of Judah’s history by his oracles of destruction, judgment, and hope as well as his messages containing both threats and promises.
I believe the words from Isaiah could have been written for today’s climate culture for the injustices and atrocities occurring around the globe. I believe there’s enough blame for everyone. After all, we are all sinners, no one can escape that fact. When is enough going to be just that…ENOUGH! When will the violence, corruption and all things evil and greedy going to lessen, let alone stop. I don’t have the answers but I know the One who does, God the Father; He know us and knows what’s best for us. He created us. He loves us, every single one of us.
~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.