Chapters 28-33 are a series of sermons that Isaiah preached about town, and each one begins with “woe.” This word means the opposite of blessed. In the Hebrew, it is pronounced hoy, meaning Ah! Alas! O! Oy vey! Or in the Scandanavian vernacular I was raised with - uff da!
What follows in chapter 28 is a grave warning to Ephraim (the northern Kingdom) and
“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.
The stone, our Messiah, will deliver some of them from the covenant with death.
But have removed their hearts far from Me,
And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men
In his usual fashion, Isaiah switches gears again in verses 15-16, warning those who deny God, saying the potter did not make me. Today we have this same problem in the world, and it is known as the theory of evolution.
Therefore thus says the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob:
“Jacob shall not now be ashamed,
Nor shall his face now grow pale;
But when he sees his children,
The work of My hands, in his midst,
They will hallow My name,
And hallow the Holy One of Jacob,
And fear the God of Israel.
These also who erred in spirit will come to understanding,
And those who complained will learn doctrine.”
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