Who Bears the Responsibility?

Isaiah 15:1,3,7

 Because in the night Ar of
Moab is laid waste
And destroyed, Because in the night Kir of
Moab is laid waste
And destroyed, 

In their streets they will clothe themselves with sackcloth; On the tops of their houses And in their streets Everyone will wail, weeping bitterly. 

Therefore the abundance they have gained, And what they have laid up, They will carry away to the Brook of the Willows. 


        In chapter 15 of Isaiah we see a picture of destruction and the sorrow of a people caught up in that destruction. Yet, many often question who or what is behind such destruction.  

        Moab was an incestuous son of
Lot; also his territory and his descendants.  Therefore, we know it is of a people the Bible speaks of in this chapter.  These people had suffered destruction of their homeland and their community.  They were in deep mourning openly in the streets, weeping and wailing bitterly over all the destruction that lay in their wake. There only recourse was to flee.  Flee the home, which they had known and loved.  Yet, why?

        In the case of the
Moab people, it was due to a “burden” as the Bible refers to it, which was placed upon them.  This burden was a prophetic utterance of God’s judgment against them.  Yes, as hard as it might be to understand or accept, it was God’s judgment against the people.

        We often see similar things happened today.  Where destruction takes place, often through natural disasters, yet we are quick to say it is not God.  Wanting to believe God does not play a part in it for the good of a people or to bring judgment upon a people.  That you see would be too hard for us to accept and understand.  

        The insurance companies often make reference in their policies to “acts of God.”  In our society we have come to view the weather as “a happening” instead of something which God directs and controls.  How can this be however?  Did God not bring the first flood in Genesis as a judgment upon the wickedness of earth?  

        Then we must look at the part of man’s sin and the earth’s condition.  No, man as not taken care of the earth, as I believe God would have desired.  God created a wonderful place, which sin and man have harshly treated.  Man cannot expect things within its environment to work properly if they are not taken care of properly.  In a similar fashion, a person cannot expect their lives to run smoothly if they are not taken care of properly.  

        Considering both, perhaps it is a combination of God and man working independently of one another, which creates destruction.  It is the fact that man decided to work independently of God, which created the greatest destruction of all time, the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden.  Would it be too much to consider that it is happening, repeatedly, over the course of history. 

        We do know that regardless of whom or what brings about a natural disaster; much is revealed through them.  We find out what is within us when we go through such an ordeal.  We also find out what is within us when we stand by as another goes through such an ordeal.  Either way, how we handle the ordeal or how we respond to those going through the ordeal; reveals to God, others, and ourselves; exactly what we are all about.


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