Materialism, pursuing pleasure, and a holy God

[Update, September 6th, 2008: I’ve seen an interesting trend of late – this post is getting translated into Arabic!  For any future visitors reading this post in Arabic: السلام عليكم – and welcome!]

I started reading through Isaiah a few days ago. I read chapter 5 this morning, and these verses jumped out at me:

Is 5:8 Woe to those who add house to house and join field to field, until there is no more room, so that you have to live alone in the midst of the land!
9 In my ears the LORD of hosts has sworn, “Surely, many houses shall become desolate, even great and fine ones, without occupants.
10 “For ten acres of vineyard will yield only one bath of wine, and a homer of seed will yield but an ephah of grain.”
11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning that they may pursue strong drink, who stay up late in the evening that wine may inflame them!
12 Their banquets are accompanied by lyre and harp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine; but they do not pay attention to the deeds of the LORD, nor do they consider the work of His hands.
13 Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge; and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude is parched with thirst.
14 Therefore Sheol has enlarged its throat and opened its mouth without measure; and Jerusalem’s splendor, her multitude, her din of revelry and the jubilant within her, descend into it.
15 So the common man will be humbled and the man of importance abased, the eyes of the proud also will be abased.
16 But the LORD of hosts will be exalted in judgment, and the holy God will show Himself holy in righteousness. (NAS)

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