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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Is the Bible True? (Isaiah 5)

How we live our life, what our daily priorities are, and how we treat others really all comes down to what we believe about the Bible. So what is the Bible to you? Is the Bible a book of fables, history, and moral precepts or the actual true Word of God?


Those who believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, given to man by the Holy Spirit, without error, are not just going to have it sitting on a table gathering dust or stored away on a bookshelf. Those who believe it is truly God's Word, will read it, study it, meditate on it, hear it deep within their heart, mind, and soul and strive to obey it.


2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


Those who believe the Bible is just a book of fables, history, and moral precepts may or may not even have one. If they have a Bible, they may or may not have read it because if it's not really God's Word, what difference does it make? Why would it be a priority with the busyness of this life?


If the Bible is not true, as it claims to be, then moral standards are relative, adaptable, flexible, and up to each individual to decide what is right in their own eyes.


Isaiah 5:20-21 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness .. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes.


Like in Isaiah's time, this is the common worldview in our time, today:


A July 6, 2022 article by Gallup reported that "a record-low 20% of Americans now say the Bible is the literal Word of God."


Although this is a sharp decline even in the last 5 years, this is really not any different than the world in the prophet Isaiah's time, over 2,700 years ago.


Isaiah was called to be a prophet in 740 BC to call the nation of Judah back to God and to tell of the salvation through the Messiah, who was yet to come.


But God warned Isaiah that as he shared the truth with the people, although they would listen, they would not hear it because their hearts were hardened beyond repentance.


Isaiah 6:9 Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.


Although this was not God's desire, He was preparing Isaiah for how the people would choose to react to the truth of God's Word, spoken to them. So then, Isaiah, wrote the reaction of Judah to God's Word and whether they believed it was true.


Interestingly what Isaiah observed and wrote could have been written about our world today:


Isaiah 1:3-4 This is what the LORD says: .. "but Israel doesn't know its master. My people don't recognize My care for them."


Isaiah 1:10 Listen to the Lord, you leaders of "Sodom." Listen to the law of our God, people of "Gomorrah."


Isaiah 2:6 The LORD has rejected his people, .. because they have filled their land with practices from the East and with sorcerers.


Isaiah 2:8 Their land is full of idols; the people worship things they have made with their own hands.


Isaiah 3:8-9 They speak out against the Lord and refuse to obey Him. .. They display their sin like the people of Sodom and don't even try to hide it.


Isaiah 5:12-13 They furnish wine and lovely music at their grand parties .. but they never think about the LORD or notice what He is doing. So my people will go into exile far away because they do not know Me. Those who are great and honored will starve, and the common people will die of thirst.


Isaiah 5:24-25 For they have rejected the law of the LORD of Heaven's Armies; they have despised the Word of the Holy One of Israel. That is why the LORD's anger burns against His people, and why He has raised His fist to crush them.


The question is will we learn from the history of Israel and Judah as they turned away from God or will we repeat their mistakes and their consequences?


Isaiah 1:19-20 If you will only obey Me, you will have plenty to eat. But if you turn away and refuse to listen, you will be devoured by the sword of your enemies.


What amazes me most about the book of Isaiah is that all of the prophecies God gave him to tell the people came true just exactly as it was recorded. History completely confirms the prophecies of Isaiah, except for the prophecies about the future:


The prophecies about the end of the age, the return of the Messiah, and eternal life with Him for those who trust in and obey the Word of the LORD will be fulfilled in the future, and possibly soon.


Dear Lord, As I really begin to dig in and meditate on the truth of Your Word through the prophet Isaiah, I am amazed at how it exactly matches our world today. Lord, I pray that we would not continue to repeat the sins of Israel and Judah, and the nations that surrounded them.


I pray that we would repent of our sins and turn back to You while there is still time. Lord, thank you for the encouragement of your promises through Isaiah, and the amazing eternity we will experience if we trust in, follow, and obey the truth of Your Word today. In Jesus' name, amen.


John 14:6 Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."



Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries



Sources:

  • Frank Newport, "Fewer in U.S. Now See Bible as Literal Word of God," news.gallup.com, 2022.07.06

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