“Lord, how long?” Isaiah the prophet asked. How long was he to go on preaching and teaching, when the only apparent results were hardened hearts, deaf ears, and blind eyes. God’s answer: “Until the cities are laid waste without inhabitant, the houses without people, the land is utterly desolate.,,,Yet a tenth will be in it” (Isaiah 6:9-13). A hundred years later those words were fulfilled when the Babylonian army laid waste the cities of Judah.
Isaiah had no good news for those who refused to repent: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness,” who “have rejected the Law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the Word of the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 5:20, 24).
For the tenth, for the remnant, for those few who did repent, he spoke forgiveness, “white as snow” (1:18) because the Son born of a virgin, Immanuel (7:14), the Mighty God, Prince of Peace (9:7) would be “wounded for our transgressions…cut off out of the land of the living for these transgressions (53:5, 8). “How long?” The words of Isaiah are timeless, a warning and comfort to our generation. Sunday services at 9:00 a.m. Advent Service on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Service at 7:00 p.m.