Topic: Refuge Of Lies
[DCLM Daily Manna 17 December 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Isaiah 28:9-21
9 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.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
12 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.
13 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.
14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.
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20 For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.
21 For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.
Key Verse: “Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves” – (Isaiah 28:15).
A Russian leader, Joseph Stalin, gathered members of his ruling party and demonstrated before them how human beings could be reduced to bare body and thereafter ruled without resistance using a live chicken. Addressing his audience, he plucked the chicken’s feathers and the poor bird in pain cried each time its feathers were removed until the creature was featherless. He dropped the bird and fed it crumbs of chicken feed while he headed to his seat. The poor chicken followed him to his seat where more feeds were dropped for it. Stalin turned and told his men, “This is how to deal with men if you want them to obey you”.
It is unimaginable the way the human mind thinks outside divine control. Our text reveals a group of forgers of lies, deceitful men who would rather face judgment than repent, return and secure reconciliation and peace with their Maker.
Some folks are like these scorners who made lies their refuge and falsehood their hiding place. They have become deceived by the many lies that modern-day philosophies and false teachers and prophets teach; who try to deny the reality of eternal punishment in hell. Others have their hearts hardened by the pleasures, fake peace and security their present wealth and position provide them. But whether they choose to believe in the truth or not, the truth of God’s word on eternal judgment remains unchanging.
The believers therefore must be conscious of this. Don’t allow the false sense of security of the ungodly move you to leave your eternal place of safety.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Only in the truth is genuine security.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Zephaniah 1-3