“What sorrow for you who buy up house after house and field after field, until everyone is evicted and you live alone in the land.”Isaiah 5:8
“What sorrow for those who get up early in the morning looking for a drink of alcohol and spend long evenings drinking wine to make themselves flaming drunk. They furnish wine and lovely music at their grand parties – lyre and harp, tambourine and flute – but they never think about the LORD or notice what He is doing.”Isaiah 5:11-12
“What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes and think themselves so clever.”Isaiah 5:20-21
“So My people will go into exile far away because they do not know Me.”Isaiah 5:13
“But the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will be exalted by His justice. [El Hakkadosh] will be displayed by His righteousness.”Isaiah 5:16
El Hakkadosh: The Holy God
Everything hinges on this one question: Who is God? It is the beginning question for everything, the one thing we must establish before we know how to relate to Him, how to relate to others, how to live in this world. It is a question too few care to ask. God says there is so much sorrow for those who simply will not ask.
He will reveal Himself to them anyway, though. They will find out who He is, though they did not ask. They will find out when their schemes to inflate their own importance fail and their pleasures gained at others’ expense leave them high and dry. They will find out when it all comes crashing down around them, and then they will know what kind of God He is, and see how foolish their own actions have been in light of Him.
Perhaps they thought they lived under a callous God who cared not what they did; they are wrong. He is Holy.
Perhaps they thought they lived under a cruel God who applauded their own destructive ways; they are wrong. He is Holy.
Perhaps they thought they lived under no God at all; they are wrong. He is Holy.
Who is God? God is the terribly, terribly real Holy One, perfect in goodness and righteousness, and on this perfection are the principles of life laid. When we know this, we know justice brings peace and oppression nothing but sorrow. We know it matters how we act and think and live! It matters that we ask the question, that we seek the answer, that we know El Hakkadosh, the Holy God. He matters.