May 21: Jacob’s Trouble

Consequence of sin

Despite her rebellion and sin, Israel still expects God’s protection and provision.  But there are consequences to sin.

Isaiah 59:1-8

Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened,
That it cannot save;
Nor His ear heavy,
That it cannot hear.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear.
For your hands are defiled with blood,
And your fingers with iniquity;
Your lips have spoken lies,
Your tongue has muttered perversity.

No one calls for justice,
Nor does any plead for truth.
They trust in empty words and speak lies;
They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.
They hatch vipers’ eggs and weave the spider’s web;
He who eats of their eggs dies,
And from that which is crushed a viper breaks out.

Their webs will not become garments,
Nor will they cover themselves with their works;
Their works are works of iniquity,
And the act of violence is in their hands.
Their feet run to evil,
And they make haste to shed innocent blood;
Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;
Wasting and destruction are in their paths.
The way of peace they have not known,
And there is no justice in their ways;
They have made themselves crooked paths;
Whoever takes that way shall not know peace.


Pastor Iosif and Anna Nazaruk
Hinka Goldfarb was imprisoned in the ghetto of her hometown Kobryn Polesia (now Belarus). During a local uprising against the German occupiers, she escaped and was taken in by Nazaruk a Baptist pastor. The family eventually hid 5 people for a year. See more at

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