From Perdition to Praise 从灾祸到赞美
You are living in sin! You are rebelling against God, your creator! Turn
away from these idols you are worshipping! Turn away from the
impending woe and judgment. Turn back to God, Yahweh is salvation!
Isaiah, whose name means “Yahweh is salvation,”was a prophet
who prophesied during the reigns ofUzziah(or Azariah), Jotham,
Ahaz, andHezekiah, the kings ofJudah. And we see from the book of
2 Kings that of the four kings mentioned,three(Uzziah, Jotham and
Hezekiah) were good kings who did what was pleasing to God. But
even during the reign of Uzziah or his son Jotham, we see that “The
high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to
offer sacrifices and burn incense there” (2 Kings 15:4; 35).King Ahaz
was even worse. He followed the people in worshipping other gods
at the high places and even sacrificed his son in the fire!
And this was the cry of Isaiahin chapters 1 to 12. Judah, repent!
Perdition is coming! Look at Israel (the Northern kingdom). They are
bowing to the same idols! Assyria is going to conquer them and carry
them off into exile. But Judah, escape from the perdition that is to
come! Repent and turn from your sins. And praise God, for the LORD
himself has become your salvation!
As we approach Lent, as we reflect on Isaiah’s cry, call and caution in
Isaiah 1-12, may the Holy Spirit illumine areas in our life we are to
repent of and return to God, forat Easter,the LORD himself has
become our salvation!