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The Word in the World

The Word in the World – When status doesn’t matter (Isaiah 24:1-3)

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 20-25

Today’s Reflection: Isaiah 24:1-3

1) Behold, the LORD will empty the earth and make it desolate, and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.  2) And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the slave, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so with the debtor.  3) The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered; for the LORD has spoken this word.

The reality in our world today is that class matters.  The wealthy, celebrities, and people in positions of power are treated better than other people.  They receive advantages and opportunities other people don’t.  And all too often these classes of people believe their status insulates them from the consequences of their actions and the responsibilities of life—from paying taxes, to being held accountable for criminal activity.

But when God proclaims judgment on the Earth class won’t be a factor.  Even those who may not have high status, but who feel they will be spared judgment by virtue of being the citizen of a certain nation, the member of a certain group, or a part of a particular church or religion will also receive a shock on the Day of Judgment. Man looks at the external, at a person’s circumstances, at what can be seen.  But God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).

In the matter of judgment the main thing that matters is the state of your heart (1 Corinthians 4:5).  Set your heart on God, learn to follow His leading, and trust Him to guide you through the circumstances He has ordained for your life (Philippians 4:12-13).

Galatians 3:27-28 – 27) For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

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