Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 5, 2017

“The Lord of hosts has planned it, to defile the pride of all beauty, To despise all the honored of the earth.”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah chapter 23.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+23&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“The oracle concerning Tyre.

Wail, O ships of Tarshish,
For Tyre is destroyed, without house or harbor;
It is reported to them from the land of Cyprus.
2 Be silent, you inhabitants of the coastland,
You merchants of Sidon;
Your messengers crossed the sea
3 And were on many waters.
The grain of the Nile, the harvest of the River was her revenue;
And she was the market of nations.
4 Be ashamed, O Sidon;
For the sea speaks, the stronghold of the sea, saying,
“I have neither travailed nor given birth,
I have neither brought up young men nor reared virgins.”
5 When the report reaches Egypt,
They will be in anguish at the report of Tyre.
6 Pass over to Tarshish;
Wail, O inhabitants of the coastland.
7 Is this your jubilant city,
Whose origin is from antiquity,
Whose feet used to carry her to colonize distant places?

8 Who has planned this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns,
Whose merchants were princes, whose traders were the honored of the earth?
The Lord of hosts has planned it, to defile the pride of all beauty,
To despise all the honored of the earth.
10 Overflow your land like the Nile, O daughter of Tarshish,
There is no more restraint.
11 He has stretched His hand out over the sea,
He has made the kingdoms tremble;
The Lord has given a command concerning Canaan to demolish its strongholds.”  Isaiah 23:1-11.

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The LORD of hosts shows His sovereignty over all the nations and His destruction of the pride of the wicked.

“The Lord of hosts has planned it, to defile the pride of all beauty,
To despise all the honored of the earth.”  Verse 9.

“He has stretched His hand out over the sea,
He has made the kingdoms tremble;
The Lord has given a command concerning Canaan to demolish its strongholds.”  Verse 11.

And yet, we are too eager to point at the wicked pride of others without noticing the pride within ourselves.  We think that we deserve to be saved by something that we think we contribute whether it be our works or our inherent goodness or at least our alleged free-will choices.

But, our pride is humbled as we come to realize that we cannot earn our salvation by anything that we contribute.  Reformed Doctrine teaches that our natural condition is “Total Depravity”.  We are dead in sin, hostile to God, and enslaved to sin and Satan.  We need a Savior to provide all that we need for salvation from beginning to end:   from the beginning of “Unconditional Election” through “Limited Atonement” through “Irresistible Grace” to the end of “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

The LORD humbles us and puts us in our place as He did with Job.  The LORD reminds us that He alone is God.

“6 Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm and said,

7 “Now gird up your loins like a man;
I will ask you, and you instruct Me.
8 “Will you really annul My judgment?
Will you condemn Me that you may be justified?
9 “Or do you have an arm like God,
And can you thunder with a voice like His?
10 “Adorn yourself with eminence and dignity,
And clothe yourself with honor and majesty.
11 “Pour out the overflowings of your anger,
And look on everyone who is proud, and make him low.
12 “Look on everyone who is proud, and humble him,
And tread down the wicked where they stand.
13 “Hide them in the dust together;
Bind them in the hidden place.
14 “Then I will also confess to you,
That your own right hand can save you.”  Job 40:6-14.


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