在以赛亚书11-12章描述了荣耀的 “那日”（赛11:10，11; 12:1, 4）之后，先知转而谴责列国（赛13-23）。在今天的旧约读经中，他预言的是摩押和以色列。有两件事情抓住了我的思绪。
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After the glorious chapters of Isaiah 11-12 describing “that day” (Isa 11:10, 11; 12:1,4), the prophet turns against the nations (Isa 13-23). In today’s OT reading, the target of his prophecy is Moab and Israel. Two things capture my thoughts.
First, Moab received their punishments for their pride. “We have heard of Moab’s pride, her overweening pride and conceit, her pride and her insolence, but her boasts are empty” (16:6). Throughout the biblical history, Moab had witnessed the power and grace of Israel’s almighty God in many occasions. Nevertheless, she still refused to recognize God’s sovereignty and she continued to be a source of problems for Israel. Such human pride hasn’t changed, and we continue to boast about our own achievements to this day. God’s warning for such arrogance is that “joy and gladness are taken away from the orchards; no one sings or shouts in the vineyards” (16:10). Rebellion out of pride is the sin that brought down the entire Creation, but we haven’t learned the lesson. Based on my observation, majority of our quarreling and dissentions are results of pride and egotism, and that has caused sufferings for ourselves and others. May the Lord have mercy on all of us.
Second, the Israel was punished for forgetting God. “You have forgotten God your Savior; you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress” (17:10). Human is forgetful, and that point is repeatedly demonstrated in the history of Israel. Anyone who read about the ups and downs of Israelites in the wilderness cannot help but asking “how could they forget about God after so many miracles and provisions?” But they did forget. Yet, the most terrifying thought is that such incredible forgetfulness is still alive and well today. We come to God in our desperation and ask for forgiveness and prayer, but we often go back to our old lives after our prayer is answered. But that did not seem to change God’s mind. The promise of the gospel is always there for us to claim, and His arms are always open like the father to his prodigal son. Such thought greatly warms my heart.
O Lord, I don’t think my heart can ever be as broad as yours, but I am willing to try. Do not give up on us, and help us to be humble as we act and be grateful as we receive. Help us to be more like you each day. Amen.
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