Proverbs gives us a great analogy (and implied warning) for these Last Days.
Fervent lips with a wicked heart are like earthenware covered with silver dross.
Persuasive Speech as an Art Form
We have many, many teachers and prophets that excel in the art of persuasive speech. There are college courses focused on this very topic, enabling the students to deceive thousands, if not millions of listeners.
But this art form only creates feeble vessels with lips like “earthenware covered in silver dross”, destined to be purged by fire in the coming days.
As we read this verse, it is important for us to avoid becoming prideful, for it is not just reserved for the false prophet and huckster … it’s meant for us as well, “called-out ones”.
The Father’s View of the Disobedient
During the time of the prophet Isaiah, the Father said concerning Jerusalem:
“How the faithful city has become a harlot! It was full of justice; righteousness lodged in it, but now murderers. Your silver has become dross, your wine mixed with water. Your princes are rebellious and companions of thieves; everyone loves bribes and follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, nor does the cause of the widow come before them.”
During the time that YHWH was issuing forth this judgment, the children of Israel still professed to serve Him. They were doing their duty by coming to the temple and going through the motions (celebrating His Feasts and honoring His Sabbath), but then they would turn right around and live like the surrounding nations.
Earlier in the chapter, God labeled them:
Alas, sinful nation,
A people laden with iniquity,
A brood of evildoers,
Children who are corrupters!
They have forsaken the LORD,
They have provoked to anger
The Holy One of Israel,
They have turned away backward.
The terms used here, like “corrupters” and “forsaken” and “turned away backward” imply that they had, at some point, served the Father and obeyed Him according to the Way that He instructed them. But their true hearts surfaced in their longing to be like everyone else.
The Consequence of Turning Away from the Almighty
YHWH went on to say:
From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment.
This is fast becoming an exact replica of the “church” in the United States, as well as the country itself. The self-proclaimed church has refused the correction of the righteous and is reaping the consequences of this decision.
Let the righteous strike me; it shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; it shall be as excellent oil; let my head not refuse it.
Our country claims to be a christian nation with christian roots, but any sort of honest research will reveal many arguments to the contrary. Unfortunately, none of us were alive in the 1700’s, so we can’t know the absolute truth, but we owe it to our selves to consider all the evidence.
I don’t know everything, but I DO know that you can judge the tree by it’s fruit, and what I am seeing is not good. We profess to believe in “Jesus,” but we are as pagan as they come.
The Reward of Repentance
But take heart … the Father DOES offer us the solution! The question is … “Will you obey?”
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.”
Take the time to digest what the previous passage is saying!
- Wash yourselves
- Make yourselves clean
- Put away the evil from before your eyes.
All of these things require actual, tangible effort. Wash yourselves …. make yourselves clean.
We have this expectation that, because of Yeshua’s sacrifice, that God will reach down and magically whisk away our sins, and the desires that accompany them.
This is a complete deception and a lie.
There is a “wrestling” that we must endure, at least for a season (1 Peter 5:8-10). How long that season lasts is up to the Father.
God did not magically empower Yeshua to die on the cross. It required actual, physical human suffering and agony. If we are to truly follow Him, we will have to endure a measure suffering.
If the worst suffering that you have to endure is denying your flesh the fleeting pleasures of sin, then count yourself extremely blessed. There are many in the Mideast and China who have a weightier testimony in the Eyes of the Father.
The Purging will happen
Therefore the Lord says, the LORD of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, “Ah, I will rid Myself of My adversaries, and take vengeance on My enemies. I will turn My hand against you, and thoroughly purge away your dross, and take away all your alloy.”
Please understand, this dross that will be purged away, this lip service that we use in vain to mask the utter vanity in our heart … the seeker friendly speech that makes us “bosom buddies” with the world, but an enemy of the Most High, will be purged by tribulation.
And our hearts will be laid bare before the eyes of all.
Then the world will know who we really serve … and not all of us will be on the same team.
Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and her penitents with righteousness.
“Righteousness” and “Justice” … where have I heard those terms before?
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face.
They are the foundation of His Throne.
The Most High will redeem those who are His, because He is just and those who truly repent (penitents) will learn righteousness (obedience to His commands). This dynamic is the very basis of the Coming Kingdom.
Do you see how it all fits together?
In the End, when He sets up His Kingdom on this earth, we will see who it was who could “walk the talk” and who it was who just …. talked.
The destruction of transgressors and of sinners shall be together, and those who forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
“If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good.”
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
Connect the dots, my friends. It’s time to be brutally honest about our walks with Him.
Where do you stand?