Daily Readings & Thought for June 5th. “A BOOK THAT IS SEALED”
Today’s readings.. (Joshua 23,24), (Isaiah 29), (Hebrews 12)
How many can read the Bible – as a whole – and really make sense of it, so that it speaks to them in their heart, and stirs them to live their lives really conscious of God and of his Son? This question came to mind as we pondered the message in Isaiah today – parts of it evidently a commentary on the attitudes of many in the prophets’ day, many had failed to develop a real ‘living’ relationship with God.
After recording a vision of what will happen to people at the time when “the multitude of all the nations be that fight against Mount Zion …” This vision “shall be like a dream, a vision in the night” [29 v.8] In v.11 the condemnation is made, “the vision of all this has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed” [v.11]. The people are like those who refuse to read “when men give it to one who can read, saying ‘Read this,’ he says, ‘I cannot, for it is sealed.’”
But it is clear that this is an excuse – for a remarkable statement is made in v.13 &14 “And the Lord said, ‘Because this people draw near to me with their mouth and honour me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men …. the wisdom of their wise men shall perish …” It is human wisdom that perishes, they are told they “turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, ‘He did not make me’” [v.16] – today many would add – ‘I just evolved.’
How well these words apply to the human ‘wisdom’ of today – God’s word is “a book that is sealed” . We must remember that there is no middle path – if we do not apply our minds to the true meaning of God’s words then it “is sealed” for us. The day is coming, God’s word says, as we read on in v.19 & 20, when “the meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel. For the ruthless shall come to nothing and the scoffer cease.” There is no point in being aware of the vision of God’s ultimate action against the nations of the earth if we only “honour” God “with our lips” refusing to apply our minds to unseal his book.