[Living Life 9/13/2017] Isaiah 20:1-6

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God ordered Isaiah to go around stripped and barefoot for three years, as a sign and portent against Egypt and Cush. It was for a warning to Israel which kept relying on Egypt and Cush instead of relying on God and repenting their sins. However, what about integrity of Isaiah? Going around stripped and barefoot? For three years? Why did he have to do that for three years? It was because God wanted Israel to be sure to recognize this sign. Even today, if there was a man who has gone stripped and barefoot for three years, everyone would have heard about his story. God used his servant Isaiah humiliating him to give certain warning to Israel for them to turn back to God. However, Israelites did not listen and even they complained later when the country fell why God forsook them. They did not remember how much God had shown them numerous warnings humiliating and sacrificing his servants. How about us? Does God keep sending us signs and warnings to live differently? Don’t we simply ignore them until we really face the consequence of ways we live? Let’s see signs and warnings God keeps sending us. Let’s recognize them and take them seriously to change our life before it is too late. Maybe, our catastrophe is not God’s judgment or punishment but simply the consequence of what we have done. God is merciful, so sends numerous signs for us to understand and to change our life. It is us who ignore those signs disobediently and obstinately and stick to our way to end up misfortune of our life. God keeps telling us and teaching us sacrificing his servants and even his only son, but it is useless if we do not pay attention to them.

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