Isaiah 30:1-2 #3

Isaiah 30:1-2 #3

Isaiah 30: 1-2 says, “Woe to those who carry out plans that are not Mine, forming an alliance, but not by My Spirit, heaping sin upon sin; who go down to Egypt without consulting Me; who look for help to Pharaoh’s protection, to Egypt’s shade for refuge.”

Isaiah is writing to believers in this passage. Look at what comes after the “woe to those who…”

  • carry out plans that are not the Lord’s
  • form alliances but not by the Holy Spirit’s promptings
  • heap sin upon sin

When a person heaps sin upon sin it means that they create a pile of sin. Sin is not meant to be piled up. Its toxic nature contaminates a person’s spiritual life if sin piles up. This is one reason why the Lord tells His people not to let the sun go down on their anger (Ephesians 4:26). The Lord does not want sin to accumulate because it will eventually begin to accrue interest.

Sin is meant to be dealt with quickly, and on a regular basis. The Lord knows that we are going to sin and this is why we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. The Lord tells us in I John 1:9 that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. This means that instead of heaping sin upon sin we can, instead, keep a short list with the Father. By telling God what we did wrong (confession) and then promising to try not to do them again (repentance), we reduce the pile, therefore reducing the toxins in our lives.


Father Scott +

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