This morning’s reading sounds like a scene from the Rod and Reel (the pub at Woodburn). God isn’t happy with his people.
13 The Lord says:
“These people come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me
is made up only of rules taught by men. Isaiah 29:13
But in all the talk of Judgement there is hope.
22 Therefore this is what the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, says to the house of Jacob:
“No longer will Jacob be ashamed;
no longer will their faces grow pale.
23 When they see among them their children,
the work of my hands,
they will keep my name holy;
they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob,
and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
24 Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding;
those who complain will accept instruction.”
In the Bible there always seems to be hope in Judgment. We see this most clearly in Jesus. Through the judgement poured on him and through his resurrection we have forgiveness and new life. We are new creations.