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.

PRAY THAT ISRAEL WILL RECOGNIZE THE CONSEQUENCES OF HER SIN BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.

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 www.yadvashem.org

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