DCLM Daily Manna 21 March 2019 Devotional by Pastor W. F Kumuyi

TOPIC: Simply Robbers

TEXT: Isaiah 10:1-19
1. Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;

2. To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!

3. And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory?

4. Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

5. O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.

6. I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

7. Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.

8. For he saith, Are not my princes altogether kings?

9. Is not Calno as Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus?

10. As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria;

11. Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols?

12. Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.

13. For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent; and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a vliant man;

14. And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people; and as one gathereth eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped.

15. Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.

16. Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire.

17. And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame; and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day;

18. And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body; and they shall be as when a standardbearer fainteth.

19. And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them.

“Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!” – (Isaiah 10:1-2).

A story is told of a pencil manufacturer in a small town. Before he packed and sold his pencils, he would tell the story of the character of the pencil. He said the pencil always left a mark in any surface. That one could correct mistakes of these marks if the eraser was intact. What was in the middle of the pencil could be sharpened and reshaped if broken. And the hand that holds the pencil will determine the merit of what the pencil would produce.

God has sent a strong warning to the house of Israel and the heathen nations around them through Prophet Isaiah. The warning started with those who used their pen to subvert justice, rob the innocent and defraud the vulnerable. God was also talking to those who were at leadership or vantage positions, who depended on themselves or some idols other than the living God. It is wrong to oppress, defraud or subvert justice because of gain. And it is doubly wrong to take undue advantage of persons who we are to use our privileged position to help.

DCLM Daily Manna 21 March 2019 – Simply Robbers

Some people use their pen, position and privileges to plunder public wealth. They siphon and mismanage resources meant to cater for the vulnerable and the resultant effect is gross poverty, economic recession and an unstable polity. God condemns all such activities, whether it is being perpetrated in the home, church, community or workplace.

Like the pencil, we are to leave a godly mark on everyone and everywhere we live or work. If as a result of sinful past we erred, we are to correct our mistakes by making due restitution and returning stolen resources. Our hearts must be kept from offences if we are to escape God’s judgment at any time.

We escape God’s judgment when we live a godly life.

Deuteronomy 1-3

DCLM Daily Manna 21 March 2019 Devotional was written by Pastor W.F Kumuyi, the General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry.

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