Even today, the rulers of Israel put their trust in everything other than in God. God likens their various attempts as making a covenant with death. But God warned the people in the day of Isaiah and today, that trusting in Him is the only safe refuge. Whatever trust they put outside of God will be their ruin.
Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scornful men,
Who rule this people who are in Jerusalem,
Therefore thus says the Lord God:
“Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation,
A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;
Whoever believes will not act hastily.
Also I will make justice the measuring line,
And righteousness the plummet;
The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
And the waters will overflow the hiding place.
Your covenant with death will be annulled,
And your agreement with Sheol will not stand;
When the overflowing scourge passes through,
Then you will be trampled down by it.
As often as it goes out it will take you;
For morning by morning it will pass over,
And by day and by night;
It will be a terror just to understand the report.”
PRAY FOR THE RULERS OF ISRAEL TO PUT THEIR TRUST IN GOD AND STOP TRYING TO MAKE COVENANTS WITH DEATH.