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Isaiah 28.9-13 – Taking God’s word seriously
Posted: 18 January 2011 in Isaiah

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. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 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. 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.

The word of God is not difficult to understand, and it is meant as much for the most lowly educated as it is for the most highly educated. But if God speaks, and we do not like what we hear, we can always pretend that it is difficult to understand. We can dissect it with a surgeon’s scalpel, subject it to casuistic examination – “here a little and there a little” – and then put it back together so that it says something more to our liking. From Isaiah’s time to our own, it has always been thus. But although we may fool ourselves with such a proceeding, we will not fool God – who knows the hearts of all men, and understands their motives perfectly.

I think I have seen them both conservatives and liberals doing this, and I know full well that I have done it in the past.

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