Posted by: biblestudyseattle | August 24, 2012

Isaiah 1

“See how the faithful city has become a prostitute! She once was full of justice; righteousness used to dwell in her— but now murderers!  Your silver has become dross, your choice wine is diluted with water. Your rulers are rebels, partners with thieves; they all love bribe and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow’s case does not come before them.

Therefore the Lord, the Lord Almighty, the Mighty One of Israel, declares: “Ah! I will vent my wrath on my foes and avenge myself on my enemies. I will turn my hand against you;  I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities. I will restore your leaders as in days of old, your rulers as at the beginning.  Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City. ”

Zion will be delivered with justice, her penitent ones with righteousness.  But rebels and sinners will both be broken, and those who forsake the Lord will perish.”  Isaiah 1:21-28

God will restore the penitent ones, even if they had been evil, but those who will not repent will be destroyed.  This is yet future, showing God’s astounding love yet absolute justice.


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