Feb 20, 2019
Everybody loves success. And there’s nothing we love more than self-made success. It’s part of the American work ethic. Stories of self-achievement have been around as long as we’ve been a republic. The image of the self-made man is a popular icon in American culture, but it certainly isn’t unique to our nation or this century. It has been around since the beginning of time. In fact, this love affair with self-elevation and self-preservation is as old as time itself. And in Isaiah 28:1-13, we are going to see God address the runaway attitude self-importance that marked the Northern kingdom of Israel. Repeatedly referred to as Ephraim, the ten northern tribes had a long track record of pride and arrogance that was based on their unique status as God’s chosen people. It didn’t seem to matter to them that the way they lived their lives in no way reflected their position as the children of God. They were rebellious and disobedient, but they were also drunk on their own success and self-importance. Believing that they were somehow immune from God’s wrath, they refused to repent and continued their love affair with the world.