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February 27, 2016

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Stop confronting us with the Holy One of Israel!
— Isaiah 30:11 NIV

In the 700s B.C. Yahweh railed against Judah for making an alliance with the people he had freed them from several hundred years earlier: Egypt. 

Of the way people from the Negev think Yahweh mocked, You say to the prophets and seers, "See no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions. Leave this path, and stop confronting us with the Holy One of Israel."

Yahweh told Judah for this reliance on yet another alliance with another nation, rather than relying on their security and reliance on Yahweh, they would become a cracked wall that collapses. Not even a potsherd from your wall will be found to scoop up a hot coal.

Christians quote this next text out of context often but there's a great payoff in seeing the text inside it's original habitat of meaning, which helps us be more honest with the text.


Yahweh, we admit we are like the people of the Negev and Judah. We want the nice scriptures quoted, the ones that promote peace and comfort and joy but not the ones that challenge, chasten, and exhort good behavior and hearts that are upright and like God's own heart. Forgive us. Forgive me, Yahweh of the Armies of Heaven!


Fast from striving. Yahweh said to Judah and may be saying to you today, "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it."


Give up your illusions. Are you living an illusion in how you receive truth? You really don't want the truth told, as the people of Judah said to the prophets. Give us what we want! We want church that fills my needs, feeds me! Give up your illusions that church is a consumer organization, that prophecies are for your benefit without hearing the hard part. We'd like to hear the above quote, without the last part, "but you would have none of it."