Moment in the Word

Isaiah 6:8  And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go to this people? And I said, Behold, I am here, send me." (Brenton's 1851 Greek Septuagint)
Lately, I am again reminded of Isaiah's divine commission to declare God's vital Word on the eve of calamity.
Unfortunately, many people only listen to as much of God's Word as they want to hear, which is precious little. Much like good seed broadcast on stony ground, "That is like a person who hears the message and right away he is glad to hear it. But it does not go down deep in his heart. He believes it for a short time. When trouble or a hard time comes because of the message, he stops believing." Matthew13:20-21.
Many of today's recipients have the spiritual depth of scaly lichen clinging to the top of a rock, and if God's message doesn't suit their fancy, they cast it aside in deference for some worthless tradition, "For you ignore God's law and substitute your own tradition." Mark 7:8
Like perpetual babies suffering from milk anemia, elderly congregants are never ready to digest solid spiritual food after occupying a pew for years, "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat." Hebrews 5:12
What a dangerous condition for the Church to tolerate/promote during these last waning days of time!
Because of the people's aversion to the urgent message, God commanded, "Go, and say to this people, 'Ye shall hear indeed, but ye shall not understand; and ye shall see indeed, but ye shall not perceive.' For the heart of this people has become gross (fat), and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them." Isaiah 6:8-10, (Brenton's 1851 Greek Septuagint)
Alarmed by the sermon God ordered to be preached, the prophet asked, "How long, O Lord?"
And God answered, "Until the cities be deserted by reason of their not being inhabited, and the houses by reason of there being no men, and the land shall be left desolate." Isaiah 6:11, (Brenton's 1851 Greek Septuagint)
To our shame, God has declared, "My people are like as if they had no knowledge. Because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt not minister as priest to me: and as thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children." Hosea 4:6, (Brenton's 1851 Greek Septuagint)
God help us! As we lose our children to this world's evil, the reality suddenly dawns that we have played meaningless church games far too long, "The summer is gone, the harvest is past, and we are not saved." Jeremiah 8:20 (Brenton's 1851 Greek Septuagint)
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