This Week’s Guest Post At The New Normal: Arrogance And Empty Worship

In chapter 29 of Isaiah, God is warning of trouble for Ariel. No, the Little Mermaid isn’t a target for God’s wrath; rather, the Hebrew word Ari’el means “Lion of God” and refers to Israel. God promisesproblems what will suddenly disappear. Why? Halfway through the chapter, Isaiah explains:

13 Then Adonai said: “Because these people approach me with empty words, and the honor they bestow on me is mere lip-service; while in fact they have distanced their hearts from me, and their ‘fear of me’ is just a mitzvah [command] of human origin 14therefore, I will have to keep shocking these people with astounding and amazing things, until the ‘wisdom’ of their ‘wise ones’ vanishes, and the ‘discernment’ of their ‘discerning ones’ is hidden away.” 15Woe to those who burrow down deep to hide their plans from ADONAI! They work in the dark and say to themselves, “Nobody sees us, nobody knows us.” 16 How you turn things upside down! – Is the potter not better than the clay, Does something made say of its maker, “He didn’t make me”? Does the product say of its producer, “He has no discernment”?

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