What Wickedness Wrought Back to all sermons


Date: June 28, 2020

Speaker: Sean Grossman

Series: Isaiah

Scripture: Isaiah 9:18–10:4

Tags: Wrath, judgment, Oppression, Wickedness, Fire

  • Isaiah 10:5-15
  • What Wickedness Wrought

18  For wickedness burns like a fire;

it consumes briers and thorns;

it kindles the thickets of the forest,

and they roll upward in a column of smoke.

19  Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts

the land is scorched,

and the people are like fuel for the fire;

no one spares another.

20  They slice meat on the right, but are still hungry,

and they devour on the left, but are not satisfied;

each devours the flesh of his own arm,

21  Manasseh devours Ephraim, and Ephraim devours Manasseh;

together they are against Judah.

For all this his anger has not turned away,

and his hand is stretched out still.

(Isaiah 9:18-21, ESV)

1 Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees,

and the writers who keep writing oppression,

2  to turn aside the needy from justice

and to rob the poor of my people of their right,

that widows may be their spoil,

and that they may make the fatherless their prey!

3  What will you do on the day of punishment,

in the ruin that will come from afar?

To whom will you flee for help,

and where will you leave your wealth?

4  Nothing remains but to crouch among the prisoners

or fall among the slain.

For all this his anger has not turned away,

and his hand is stretched out still.

(Isaiah 10:1-4, ESV)


Main Point

  • These verses shows the destruction which comes from wickedness
  • First in the destruction of close relationships between family and self are destroyed
  • The second in regards to the injustice which occurs
  • The partiality within the justice system which is being abused by those in power


Application Points

  • What Wickedness Wrought

Today we see the repercussions of wickedness

Once wickedness comes it does not effect one portion, but spreads over all of us

The first way this is seen is in selfishness

Individuals attacking one another, seeking the upper hand

The people are acting in selfishness which leads them to treat others in a negative way

It doesn’t just effect the right and left side

When wickedness is able to run free in a person it leads to an overarching destruction

This is the way of wickedness

We humans are the ones who feed the fires raging around us through our choices


Application Points

  • What Wickedness Wrought (2)

We do this through our own form of justification

Instead of being satisfied we continually take

We believe it isn’t enough, justifying our actions

While the two poetic statements are separate in discussion, we see how wickedness manifests itself in society

The marginalized were being cheated out of justice by individuals with power and wealth

This might be interesting since we had just learned God had no compassion on the widows and fatherless (See Isaiah 9:17)

Even if the needy, poor, widows, and fatherless are acting in ways which are unjust it doesn’t mean they should be treated unjustly


Application Points

  • What Wickedness Wrought (3)

In our society it can be easy for us to separate into groups and believe we should treat others differently…but we should serve justice equally

All equally being compared to the same measure

We know the examples

When the rich get away with sexual assault or rape

Or when they get away with illegal substance abuse, while those in the inner city get sent to jail or prison

Still, the problem isn’t in being rich or writing laws

The problem is they were purposefully hindering the marginalized

Instead of being taken care of they are being taken advantage of


Application Points

  • What Wickedness Wrought (4)

As Christians living in a freer society than most this is something we should learn from

It requires us to look at the evidence at hand and figure out which laws are potentially treating individuals differently

If one crime is committed by a rich individual and the same crime is committed by a poor individual, both should receive the same or similar judgments

There are those who get away with things based upon their total wealth or prestige

Such things should be rejected


Application Points

  • What Wickedness Wrought (5)

It seems wise for us to raise individuals to understand the concept of non-partiality

The Scriptures focus on the marginalized because society often treats them as means to an end

These are all ways of wickedness which leads to oppression and violence

Over and over again we see the repercussions, and over and over again we see God’s anger

If we are to be faithful followers of the Prince of Peace then the response we should have to all of these things is true justice


Application Points

  • What Wickedness Wrought (6)

It means that we are to be the ones who are to fight the fires of wickedness by living in righteousness

But because we know God has sent His Son Jesus Christ whose coming inaugurated an eternal kingdom founded on justice and righteousness

Where rich, poor, weak, strong, can all enter into communion and fellowship with one another in in charity and love

Where we are the example for the rest of the world, showing them what generosity, kindness, patience, and understand looks like in a dark world


Application Points

  • What Wickedness Wrought (7)

We have the reason for seeking the injustice in our world and fighting against them

It means each of us as individuals, and corporately, are called to seek what is good

That requires us to be faithful adherents to God and what He has called us to be

The wickedness will continue to engulf the people

It will burn through to the core

We are blessed to live in a society where we can speak out and make a difference

The truth is, human wickedness will always be a reality until the second coming of Christ

Evil will persist in this world


Application Points

  • What Wickedness Wrought (8)

But that doesn’t give us any reason to not use our freedom for good

Though we should fail at times, we know we can still make a change

Still, the reason we must actively seek to do good is because wickedness is so prevalent

We must seek to undo the brokenness which wickedness causes

Not for ourselves, or because we are so strong, but because of Christ


  • What Wickedness Wrought (9)

We are bale to know what wickedness looks like either in ourselves or society because we know the Scriptures

We know God exists

Our definitions are not social constructs, but truths given to us by God

The Scriptures always remind us of consequences for our choices

So the choice is ours to seek righteousness individually or corporately

If we do, true change is possible

If not, then know the repercussions of wickedness

It burns like a fire, and it will encompass all of who we are


  • The Gospel of Christ