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A Perilous Predicament

The prophet Isaiah began his prophecy with a salvo of scathing indictments against backslidden Israel. It took just fifteen verses for him to describe God’s disposition toward his people: 

“And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood” (Isaiah 1:15).

It’s instructive to note while Israel had NOT forsaken religious activity, they had indeed forsaken the object of true worship—the LORD himself! 

The two-fold predicament Israel found itself in was (1) no AUDIENCE WITH God, and (2) no ASSISTANCE FROM God. I challenge you to imagine a more perilous predicament than this for any nation...or individual, for that matter. 

But America at this hour finds itself in a similar predicament. When Isaiah tells them their “hands are full of blood,” it’s unclear exactly what they were doing to merit the indictment. Were they offering their children as sacrifices to idols? Had murder and manslaughter become commonplace with no justice?

What is unclear concerning Israel is quite clear concerning America—the 60 million unborn babies we’ve murdered since 1973. Their innocent blood cries out to Almighty God! For that reason alone, our hands as a nation are FULL OF BLOOD!

A few verses prior, the prophet explains why it was their God had not destroyed them as he did Sodom: “Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us A VERY SMALL REMNANT, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah” (1:9).

The antidote for a PREDICAMENT such as this is a REMNANT of the godly. In a later chapter, the Lord tells Isaiah that remnant (“holy seed”) would amount to “a tenth” of the population (6:13). Perhaps every young preacher entering the ministry should expect to have to evangelize a thousand lost souls in order to pastor a congregation of one hundred saved ones. 

So the question for each of us is rather simple: Are we willing to be part of the REMNANT that provides a buffer to God's judgment upon America?


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