“And now go, write it before them on a tablet and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come as a witness forever. For they are rebellious people, lying children, children unwilling to hear the instruction of the Lord; who say to the seers, ‘Do not see,’ and to the prophets, ‘Do not prophesy to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions, leave the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.'” (Isaiah 30:8-11 ESV)
Wow! God’s chosen people are being super rebellious here. They do not do what God says and they do not even want to hear anymore about Him. Does that sound like the world today? Our world has turned a deaf ear to God’s voice. They want to do things their own way.
But God in His love and mercy is waiting for them to turn back to Him so He can bless them.
“Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are those who wait for Him.” (Isaiah 30:18 ESV)
Later to the Corinthians, Paul writes to them about corruption in the churches there.
“But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler- not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? It is not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. ‘Purge the evil person from among you.’ (I Corinthians 5:11-13 ESV)
And gives them a charge of how to proceed once the “old leaven” has been cleansed.
“Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (I Corinthians 5:8 ESV)
Lord help us have eyes to see and ears to hear Your truth. Help us keep our hearts and minds pure.