February 2, Tuesday Devotion
1 What sorrow awaits the proud city of Samaria—the glorious crown of the drunks of Israel. It sits at the head of a fertile valley, but its glorious beauty will fade like a flower. It is the pride of a people brought down by wine. 2 For the Lord will send a mighty army against it. Like a mighty hailstorm and a torrential rain, they will burst upon it like a surging flood and smash it to the ground. 3 The proud city of Samaria—the glorious crown of the drunks of Israel—will be trampled beneath its enemies’ feet. 4 It sits at the head of a fertile valley, but its glorious beauty will fade like a flower. Whoever sees it will snatch it up, as an early fig is quickly picked and eaten.
5 Then at last the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will himself be Israel’s glorious crown. He will be the pride and joy of the remnant of his people. 6 He will give a longing for justice to their judges. He will give great courage to their warriors who stand at the gates.
7 Now, however, Israel is led by drunks who reel with wine and stagger with alcohol. The priests and prophets stagger with alcohol and lose themselves in wine. They reel when they see visions and stagger as they render decisions. 8 Their tables are covered with vomit; filth is everywhere. 9 “Who does the Lord think we are?” they ask. “Why does he speak to us like this? Are we little children, just recently weaned? 10 He tells us everything over and over—one line at a time, one line at a time, a little here, and a little there!”
What do you find the most staggering about the stories in the Bible? Does this thing that amazes you affect you in real life? I am staggered how few seemed to understand that Jesus was the Christ that the people of Israel had been praying for. I mean, if you and I saw God incarnate, in the flesh, we would surely recognize him. Right? Or would we? Is it possible that we have God in the flesh moments and did not realize it? Verses 7-9 of today's passage are bothersome to me, and really, they should be to you as well.
Lord, let my eyes have your corrective vision that I may see how you are working around me and participate in your kingdom. Amen.