Part of the problem with people is that they are listening to the wrong kinds of leaders. We are given a list of things to watch out for so that we don't caught going the wrong direction following the wrong guy.
Vs. 1 "The prudent, and the ancient" is another way of saying the senator, the elder. LOL! Anyone who knows me knows I don’t like politics. Maybe Isaiah doesn’t like them either.
Vs. 3 By "captain of fifty" Isaiah is referring to smaller government officials.... All those other guys could be easily describing movie stars, star athletes, stock brokers, business magnets... etc... that we all idolize.
Vs. 4 Back in the day, having a child on a throne was a reality. Wicked men loved having children on the throne. Children are easier to control than adults.
Vs. 6-7 Let’s face it. Most of us are looking for someone to fix our problems. We love to play the blame game. "I can't solve the problem... YOU solve the problem!" "Well, *I can't solve the problem... I've got problems of my own to deal with! I've got to look out for number one!" It’s a serious problem.
Vs. 8 Isaiah says that you can look at their faces and see by their countenances that their evils are as bad as those of Sodom. "You can just look at them... they are not even trying to HIDE their sins, and as you look into their faces you can just SEE their sins... you can SEE the difference between those who are worldly and those who are wholesome!"
Vs. 12-15 You have been selfish! You wanted all of the best things, but now there is not enough left for anyone else, especially the poor. God expects us to care for others. I really liked vs. 13- "The Lord standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people." I think we tend to think of the Savior as our judge- because He will be. But, He is also our Advocate with the Father. That means He pleads for us on our behalf to Him. I think about that when I sin and need repentence. I imagine the Savior standing before my Father in Heaven, telling Him that I have done what He has asked me to do, and pleading for the demands of justice to be met. The Atonement isn't just a thing that happened two thousand years ago. To me, it happens every day.
vs. 18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments, and cauls, and round tires like the moon; The Lord's going to take away all of their bravery? How? Think a minute of all of the things a woman can keep. She can keep her intellect, her personality, her spirituality, her talents, her character... but she can NOT keep her youthful physical beauty or her girlish figure. Eventually it all goes south! Isaiah would say, "If you're centered on the outward beauty, you'll lose your bravery."
Vs. 18-23 Cauls were hair nets. Tires were turbans. Chains were bracelets and pendants. Mufflers were veils. Whimpers were shawls. Crisping pins were little purses or sachets. Glasses were transparent clothing. Crazy! Then I started think of what is fashionable today. We are so there!
Then the rub… vs. 24 All these are images of slavery! The Babylonians and Assyrians are coming. You're not bathing, and instead of a girdle, you are wearing a rope to hold up your toga. The women slaves were shaved bald while in slavery. Burning represents being branded on the cheek, forehead, or palm of the hand. Hmmmmm….
What did you think/learn today?