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Isaiah 28: Woe to Ephraim and Jerusalem

Overcome with wine. The name of Ephraim often appears in the Scriptures to refer to Israel, the northern kingdom. Samaria, its capital, is portrayed as a crown that boasted pride and hypocrisy, as well as the whole nation.

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Overcome with wine. The name of Ephraim often appears in the Scriptures to refer to Israel, the northern kingdom. Samaria, its capital, is portrayed as a crown that boasted pride and hypocrisy, as well as the whole nation.

According to the prophecy, this crown was made of beautiful flowers that soon would wither.

This meant that Israel lived wealthy and secure but soon it would be shaken and would fall into oblivion, just as the fleetingness of flowers. The valleys of Israel were fertile and rich in winemaking, causing their inhabitants to commit excesses, such as drunkenness and to neglect the consequences of the acts. Because they were insensitive to justice and faith, these people would suffer the judgement that would fall on them.

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Isaiah 57: Israel’s Futile Idolatry

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The righteous is taken away from evil. With the Babylonian invasion, the nation suffered extreme violence and the destruction of the Temple and all the sacred service, which added even more pain to those who were faithful.

The Most High allowed many of His servants to die under the command of perverse leaders (Kings 21.16).

This was an escape from God, so they would not suffer at the hands of foreigners. The prophet’s rebuke was due to the insensitivity of the people when seeing the suffering of the righteous.

Men of precious faith and a righteous conduct were rejected and condemned by the mercenary, indolent, and hypocritical religious leaders (56.9-12).

Because of these blind watchmen, the nation was full of abominations and instead of being confronted and killed, they were respected and honored.

“While no one considers” describes how the men of God were being confronted and killed, they were being treated. If here was no consideration for them on earth, there would be in Heaven. An example of this happened in Stephen’s death. Even before he was stoned, the Lord Jesus rose from His Throne to receive Him (Acts. 7.56).

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Ecclesiastes 8: Obey Authorities for God’s Sake

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Power over the spirit. People who have prestige and authority think they can control everything around them. But their powers is limited because they are unable to control even their own breath of life.

The Only One who has control over everything and everyone is the Eternal Lord.

He is in absolute control of time, of natural phenomena, and over death. Humankind was not given control, not even in their last breath of life. Because of this, what really matters is obeying the Word of God in order to avoid eternal death. If we have the assurance that eternity will be full of peace and joy with the Most High, little does it matter the day and manner in which our life will end on earth

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Ecclesiastes 7: The Value of Practical Wisdom

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A good Name. This chapter speaks of what truly makes sense in life and what should really be considered valuable. Solomon begins by speaking of the importance of a good reputation, which is a reflection of good character, based on honesty and fear.

Many are concerned with people attempt to proceed wisely in order to have a good name.

The prestige of having a good name was compared to the privilege of the nobles of antiquity, who were the first to use perfumed ointments. Though the ointment had a very precious emblem of status and power, it only had a passing aroma, unlike the good reputation and good name built from a righteous life, which has and had great value for God and man.

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