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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

July 28 - Evening

"Be stunned and amazed,
blind yourselves and be sightless;
be drunk, but not from wine,
stagger, but not from beer.
The Lord has brought over you a deep sleep:
He has sealed your eyes (the prophets);
he has covered your heads (the seers).

For you this whole vision is nothing but words
sealed in a scroll.

And if you give the scroll to someone who can read,
and say, 'Read this, please,'
they will answer, 'I can’t; it is sealed.'

Or if you give the scroll to someone who cannot read, and say, 'Read this, please,'
they will answer, 'I don’t know how to read.'

The Lord says:

'These people come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught'...

...In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll,
and out of gloom and darkness
the eyes of the blind will see.
Once more the humble will rejoice in the Lord;
the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel."

- Isaiah 29:9-13, 18-19

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
A Spiritual Hangover from Wrong Doctrine    

Literal Hebrew says, “stupefy yourselves and be in a stupor”. Calvin says: “tarry and wonder
Rotherham says: “stand ye stock still and stare.” The point is that Isaiah is telling them to think
real hard and try to figure out what he is saying. But, mockingly, they will never figure out his message because of their rebellion.

The main problem with Jerusalem is that the spiritual and moral leaders are so blind by their own traditional religious system that they can not even understand God’s revelation if it were written down.  The prophets and the seers do not understand what God is saying nor can anyone read and understand the words of the prophets or of the Law.

Jerusalem rejected the revelation that they understood. If people see the will of God and refuse
to do it they will become incapable of seeing and doing any further thing God has revealed. As a result of this they will be spiritually blinded from understanding anything further. If you reject
known spiritual truths, you will be cut off by God in the future from understanding other truth.
This would result in Jerusalem slipping further and further away from God and into judgment.

Intentional resistance and rebellion to God results in being left in the darkness of the soul.  In this condition a person will act out the darkness that is in them which will ultimately destroy their life and demand God's judgment.

This is fulfillment of God's words to Isaiah concerning his ministry in chapter 6 when God called him::

Go and tell this people: ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving. Make the heart of his people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes.

Interestingly God does not rebuke the priests here but the prophets. The priest and the Levites were to lead the established worship and teach the people the law. The prophet was to wake the people up and call them back to the Law of Moses. The priest came from within the established religious system, but the prophets came from outside the system. (Or, if they where from a priestly family like Jeremiah they quickly found themselves outside the system.)

Revelation has been cut off. The people chose not to obey God, now they do not even remember.
No one will be able to speak and explain the word of God.

Those who are trained and can read can not understand it. Those who are not trained can't even read it. The idea communicated here is that people are without hope in this culture because the trained religious leaders are too “drunk” on religion to understand revelation.  This leaves the discovery of the revelation to the untrained who can not even read it naturally let alone interpret it.

Notice that the scrolls and the doctrine is still there, it just can not be understood.

Because the prophets have failed to reveal God’s words (written in the scroll) the people have fallen into religious manipulation by the priest

Because they do not understand the revelation they must reduce it to rules and regulations.
They turn it into a religion.

What then shall we say?  That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. As it is written, "See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
- Romans 9:30

Faith is seen here as a soft heart determined to respond and follow God.
Not rules and regulations that are used to replace relationship and righteousness.

Because they are so dull spiritually that they cannot hear the prophet and they can not read the scriptures, God will have to shock them into understanding like he did when he brought them out of Egypt.

God will work a wonder. The Lord will upset any image they have of him fitting into their religious box. Throughout church history and in many countries God has exploded on the scene with a novel and amazing work without contradicting his word and character. But, also without consulting the local religious institutions!

  Christian Quote from Church History
"We fear men so much, because we fear God so little."
- William Gurnall
Something to Ponder??

The projected church attendance in America in 2050 is 11.7% of the U.S. population. This is half of what it was in the 1990’s.
(source here)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Dichazo (Gr) – variance (Eng) – the Greek word dichazo means “to cut apart” and “to divide in two.” Dichazo is used in Matthew 10:35.


The city of Ashkelon has been under excavation since 1985. The gate of this large city has been uncovered along with a shrine to a silver calf. Ashkelon is mentioned in Joshua 13:3; 1 Samuel 6:17. The prophets condemned Ashkelon and it fell to Nebuchadnezzar in 604 BC. (The Gate is HERE. The silver calf god is HERE.
Marketplace HERE,
excavation site is HERE.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will respond to God and not neglect what I know is right.
I will use what God has given me and not be careless with my responsibilities.
  "Blessed is the man who always fears the Lord,
but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble."

- Proverb 28:14
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Ezekiel 34 Psalm 80 and 135
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

Relaxation and refreshing

Spirit of prayer and intercession

Religious Liberty

Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
An arrow loop as viewed from the outside of the walls of Jerusalem.

Zechariah 10 detailed on a map.

Zechariah 10 detailed on a map.

An arrow loop as viewed from the outside of the walls of Jerusalem. Archers would shoot arrows through this slot from the other side of the wall. See the inside view of an arrow loop here. Look through an arrow loop from the Temple Mount into thd Kidron Valley here. (click on image for larger size)
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