Off the Nipple

Isaiah 28:

In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people,

And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.

But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.

For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.

Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

13 But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

14 Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.

15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

16 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

Note: Let strong drink in this passage stand for compromise in the so-called holy assembly and fleshly customs of the surrounding people. Vision and perception and conscience become blurred. Leaders lose their usefulness and authority. The life-begetting Word of God becomes clouded. Favourite portions are taken out of context and difficult demanding portions are ignored or downplayed.

It must be back to basics – line upon line, and this seems hard. So does weaning to the little child who misses the protection and warmth of the breast for the larger world.

And what was this covenant with death that would be overthrown by righteous judgment? A refuge of lies, impatience, sensationalism and disregard for the “whole counsel of God”. And all the while there was still in sight a reliable measure, a precious secure cornerstone – the testimony of Jesus.


4 thoughts on “Off the Nipple

    1. I didn’t have the where/with/all to write it but you did! And I am very grateful that you always get the proverbial “gist”.
      You wrote what I felt in my heart but didn’t possess in a cohesive translation into words.
      And done so in a manner befitting edification to all who read it!
      YAY…Holy Spirit!!!

  1. But AG I just gave Bible here and it teaches itself. What you felt was the life and disappointment given to Isaiah. Of course it still applies, and new forms of “worship groves” (prostituted) raise their ugly heads.

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