Although we live in a very beautiful country filled with amazing cultural diversity and many good things, we also live in a country that faces huge challenges. There is a growing, rich elite that seems unconcerned for the poor. There is growing poverty because of poor education and lack of resources. When listening to the news we are confronted with corruption, lack of accountability, cronyism and poor service delivery.
The prophet Isaiah
Isaiah’s world was not much different and God’s message through Isaiah is for us today. Isaiah was a prophet in the Old Testament, who lived in Jerusalem, and related to the people a message from God. According to Isaiah 1:1 the vision is addressed to the people of Judah and Jerusalem. But the vision is not just for them, because 1:2 says “Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! For the LORD has spoken…” Isaiah’s message is for all countries, all generations, all peoples, all the inhabitants of the earth, whether you are religious or non-religious, Christian or Muslim. In chapter 5 Isaiah pronounces God’s judgment on the world in the form of six woes. This is God’s message for the us.