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Isaiah

Date: January 31, 2021

Speaker: Sean Grossman

Series: Isaiah

Scripture: Isaiah 28:1–28:13

Tags: Justice, Righteousness, Leader, Leadership, Folly

Isaiah 28:1-13

Blind Leading the Blind

1 Ah, the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim,

and the fading flower of its glorious beauty,

which is on the head of the rich valley of those overcome with wine!

2  Behold, the Lord has one who is mighty and strong;

like a storm of hail, a destroying tempest,

like a storm of mighty, overflowing waters,

he casts down to the earth with his hand.

3  The proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim

will be trodden underfoot;

4  and the fading flower of its glorious beauty,

which is on the head of the rich valley,

will be like a first-ripe fig before the summer:

when someone sees it, he swallows it

as soon as it is in his hand.

5  In that day the LORD of hosts will be a crown of glory,

and a diadem of beauty, to the remnant of his people,

6  and a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment,

and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

(Isaiah 28:1-6, ESV)

7  These also reel with wine

and stagger with strong drink;

the priest and the prophet reel with strong drink,

they are swallowed by wine,

they stagger with strong drink,

they reel in vision,

they stumble in giving judgment.

8  For all tables are full of filthy vomit,

with no space left.

9  “To whom will he teach knowledge,

and to whom will he explain the message?

Those who are weaned from the milk,

those taken from the breast?

10  For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept,

line upon line, line upon line,

here a little, there a little.”

11  For by people of strange lips

and with a foreign tongue

the LORD will speak to this people,

12  to whom he has said,

“This is rest;

give rest to the weary;

and this is repose”;

yet they would not hear.

13  And the word of the LORD will be to them

precept upon precept, precept upon precept,

line upon line, line upon line,

here a little, there a little,

that they may go, and fall backward,

and be broken, and snared, and taken.

(Isaiah 28:7-13, ESV)

Main Point

These describe the leadership situation in Israel and likely Judah

They were fading from whatever glory they once held

Even the religious leaders are seen to be in a drunken and blind stupor

They mock the truth that comes from God

Application Points

Blind Leading the Blind

Oftentimes leaders can be held in high esteem

In some ways this is a good thing, leadership is not evil in and of itself

Yet, it is possible to follow the wrong leaders

Instead of leading us into justice, righteousness, or what is good they can lead us away from these things

Those who should have been protecting the people from folly lead them further into it

Instead of producing wisdom, justice, and truth with their lips they provide vomit

We need to be on guard against leadership that will lead us astray

It will not lead us to a better tomorrow or progress, but a pit

Application Points

Blind Leading the Blind (2)

The leadership is responsible for where it leads the people, yet the people have individual responsibility to make sure they aren’t being led astray

We need to keep our eyes open for all our sakes

Our human leaders are entirely capable of erring

They are capable of both good and evil, right and wrong, and finding truth and folly

In our current time we see the ramifications of poor leadership

Both sides are capable of error

This isn’t to say that there is no reason for a wedge

A good leader would not seek to hammer the wedge, but something more

Application Points

Blind Leading the Blind (3)

They would seek the way of the King described in verses 5-6

In having justice it is possible to encourage individuals to greater ideals

Without justice society will become ever increasingly hostile and fall apart

When injustice occurs it leads to further divides among those who have power and those who do not

If we have one group of individuals committing a crime and getting a different sentence than another group…we have injustice

If we have individuals being falsely accused…we have injustice

As time goes on this causes greater division, and ultimately leads to a different worldview

Application Points

Blind Leading the Blind (4)

They would seek the way of the King described in verses 5-6

In having justice it is possible to encourage individuals to greater ideals

Without justice society will become ever increasingly hostile and fall apart

When injustice occurs it leads to further divides among those who have power and those who do not

If we have one group of individuals committing a crime and getting a different sentence than another group…we have injustice

If we have individuals being falsely accused…we have injustice

As time goes on this causes greater division, and ultimately leads to a different worldview

Application Points

Blind Leading the Blind (5)

In our society we are experiencing two distinct worldviews clashing with one another

One side has a different definition of justice and reality than the other side

Each are interpreting their experience in separate ways

Where did the worldview and understanding of justice come from?

Karl Marx, who basically taught there was conflict between those in power those without

Wealthy class versus the poor class

The problem is the United States has had a great middle class that didn’t necessarily feel oppressed the way other countries did

Application Points

Blind Leading the Blind (6)

Then, a philosopher named Antonio Gramski in the 1920’s thought of neo-Marxism

He rethought the conflict to be oppressed vs oppressor

If there was a minority race, gender, sexual identity, or religious belief they were oppressed

The problem with this is that it leads to a never ending cycle of oppressed and oppressor

There is no good way to define “oppression”

Power is also not evil, it can be good

Application Points

Blind Leading the Blind (7)

All of this would be enough, but then you also have intersectionality

People belong to different groups

The more oppressed groups you belong to means the more power you should have

A white woman married to her husband

An African American woman who is a homosexual

Both are in the group of being a woman

But the African American woman is also an oppressed race and sexual group

Application Points

Blind Leading the Blind (8)

It’s pretty clear to see how neo-Marxism is in our culture

Now add the postmodern worldview

There is no metanarrative, or overarching truth for everyone

All cultures and subcultures have their own beliefs only because of the culture or subculture they are in

I only believe what I believe because I am a white male living in the United States

If I were a female living in Paraguay I might believe something totally different

There is no real truth there are only beliefs any groups so happen to believe

Logically two distinct truths cannot both be true, one must be true and the other false or both false

Application Points

Blind Leading the Blind (9)

If you couple these things together it leads to a society which focuses more on groups than individuals

Those groups are naturally in conflict with one another

If you are part of a majority group you are evil by definition

So, this is a different worldview than the view which is understood by Christians

What you would consider hypocrisy they consider good

Our leadership has failed us

We seem to lack and Abraham Lincoln who can lead us in this time of frustration

Where have the leaders gone who can help us understand these things?

Application Points

Blind Leading the Blind (10)

Meanwhile our religious leaders are int eh same boat

Many have fallen prey to similar thoughts and ideals

As this separate worldview enters our time and place our leaders should stand against it and provide an answer

Instead of providing a response they have produced vomit

They believe that by adopting these understandings the Church does better

One would say the above understandings lead not to unity but further disunity

They smell not of justice, but power

We are not adopting a covenant with justice, truth, or life but adopting a covenant with Sheol

It is our responsibility to understand the times

To not be the blind leading the blind, nor the blind being led by the blind

Application Points

The Gospel of Christ

Origins

Fall

Redemption

Glorification