May 6, 2020
Became A Stench Before God
Isaiah 65:2-5 (KJB) I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; 3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick; 4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels; 5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.
These verses, in context, are written to the hearts and ears of ancient Jewish people. They serve to point to their stubborn rebellion and personal failure in reverencing God. The recent kings in this historical time frame who were ruling over this land were wicked, thereby failing to remove the high places in this land, making sacrifices and idolatry a way of the people.
With these high places left intact, it allowed wickedness to boil over rather than to cease. As we know, even a bit of evil, like a mustard seed, can, if left to itself, can multiply into much burgeoning trouble. Not only did their problems increase but it stunk to high heaven. Yes, this sin-laden stench reached God’s nostrils in heaven, like a cloud of smoke that continually burned.
A heart right with God entails humble service to His will and way, bringing honor and glory to God, while a heart standing in sin and opposition to God leaves a stench that reaches heaven.
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