The Father selected Isaiah 22 this evening, it is another chapter describing the reason His people are being judged and their precious land will be destroyed.

Isaiah 22 (NKJV)

Proclamation Against Jerusalem

“But you did not look to its Maker

Nor did you have respect for Him who fashioned it long ago.”

All of our difficulties can be traced back to this, we do not look nor do we respect or even recognize Him as our maker. We do not acknowledge Him for the most part and when we do it is typically by mocking Him and His believers.  

The most nonsensical of all: since, for the most part, we do not recognize Him as our Creator, why when national catastrophes occur, do we hold Him responsible? It is typically when we’ve exhausted all other alternatives without success and there is no one else. If that is the case, bless that day, it will be the best day of your life, for unlike others He will be there

Jeremiah 17 (NKJV)

Thus says the Lord:

“Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his [b]strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not [c]fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, And [d]desperately wicked; Who can know it? 10 I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the [e]mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.

We may believe that others are our dearest friends and hopefully they are, but in times of real trouble, most cut you lose. It is our nature. Our basest default reaction, self-preservation. Why, if this is not the case, is the phrase, “They threw me under the bus,” so popular?

He will never throw you under the bus, He will send His servant, the bus driver to pick you up and help you and all you have to do is ask Him.

12 A glorious high throne from the beginning Is the place of our sanctuary. 13 O Lord, the hope of Israel, All who forsake You shall be ashamed.

“Those who depart from Me Shall be written in the earth, Because they have forsaken the Lord, The fountain of living waters.”

We have to make the first move for Him to depart, He does not depart on His own. He is not interested in self-preservation. He died on the cross for us, for our sins. Even then He seeks only that which is good for us. He will allow us to come to the point where we don’t have any other alternatives, so we do seek Him for there isn’t any other place to go. He will let us get ourselves in that situation if that is the only way He can save us from our own self-destructive ways, though once again they are typically born out of our idea of how to preserve ourselves. The irony, the irony!!! But not funny-not at all funny.

Yet a joyful outcome can result for each of us who:

“….trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.”

And that is how He and He alone can flip it. No one else can, but He is our Maker, He is our Creator, He is the God of all. There is no limit to what He can do. Trust in Him with all your heart and He will never let you down. Never-ever!

Genesis 50:20 (NKJV)

“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”

If you do come to Him, He will use you so that you can point to the One who can “save many people alive.”

What a glorious day it is when we turn to Him, when we share His word and they turn to Him.

Jeremiah 17 (NKJV)

Jeremiah Prays for Deliverance

14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise. 15 Indeed they say to me, “Where is the word of the Lord? Let it come now!” 16 As for me, I have not hurried away from being a shepherd who follows You, Nor have I desired the woeful day; You know what came out of my lips; It was right there before You. 17 Do not be a terror to me; You are my hope in the day of doom.

Isaiah 22 (NKJV)

Proclamation Against Jerusalem

22 The [a]burden against the Valley of Vision.

What ails you now, that you have all gone up to the housetops, You who are full of noise, A [b]tumultuous city, a joyous city? Your slain men are not slain with the sword, Nor dead in battle. All your rulers have fled together; They are captured by the archers. All who are found in you are bound together; They have fled from afar. Therefore I said, “Look away from me, I will weep bitterly; Do not labor to comfort me Because of the plundering of the daughter of my people.”

For it is a day of trouble and treading down and perplexity By the Lord God of hosts In the Valley of Vision— Breaking down the walls And of crying to the mountain. Elam bore the quiver With chariots of men and horsemen, And Kir uncovered the shield. It shall come to pass that your choicest valleys Shall be full of chariots, And the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.

He removed the [c]protection of Judah. You looked in that day to the armor of the House of the Forest; You also saw the [d]damage to the city of David, That it was great; And you gathered together the waters of the lower pool. 10 You numbered the houses of Jerusalem, And the houses you broke down To fortify the wall. 10 You numbered the houses of Jerusalem, And the houses you broke down To fortify the wall. 11 You also made a reservoir between the two walls For the water of the old pool. But you did not look to its Maker, Nor did you have respect for Him who fashioned it long ago.

12 And in that day the Lord God of hosts Called for weeping and for mourning, For baldness and for girding with sackcloth. 13 But instead, joy and gladness, Slaying oxen and killing sheep, Eating meat and drinking wine: “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”

14 Then it was revealed in my hearing by the Lord of hosts, “Surely for this iniquity there will be no atonement for you, Even to your death,” says the Lord God of hosts.

The next passage is about two of King Hezekiah’s assistants, Shebna and Eliakim. Shebna is chastised by the Lord for His pursuit of self-aggrandizement, e.g., he built a tomb/sepulcher for himself “on high.” He had it carved out of rock not unlike the intent behind the Egyptian tombs of their kings.

The Judgment on Shebna

15 Thus says the Lord God of hosts:

“Go, proceed to this steward, To Shebna, who is over the house, and say: 16 ‘What have you here, and whom have you here, That you have hewn a sepulcher here, As he who hews himself a sepulcher on high, Who carves a tomb for himself in a rock? 17 Indeed, the Lord will throw you away violently, O mighty man, And will surely seize you. 18 He will surely turn violently and toss you like a ball Into a large country; There you shall die, and there your glorious chariots Shall be the shame of your master’s house. 19 So I will drive you out of your office, And from your position [e]he will pull you down.

Eliakim was a faithful servant, the Lord referred to him as “My servant.” He focused on His Father’s work and not on drawing attention to himself. So the Lord promoted him to Shebna’s position:

20 ‘Then it shall be in that day, That I will call My servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah; 21 I will clothe him with your robe And strengthen him with your belt; I will commit your responsibility into his hand. He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem And to the house of Judah. 22 The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; So he shall open, and no one shall shut; And he shall shut, and no one shall open. 23 I will fasten him as a peg in a secure place, And he will become a glorious throne to his father’s house.

24 ‘They will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the posterity, all vessels of small quantity, from the cups to all the pitchers. 25 In that day,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘the peg that is fastened in the secure place will be removed and be cut down and fall, and the burden that was on it will be cut off; for the Lord has spoken.’ ”