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Mary Magdalene, in a dramatic 19th-century pop...

Mary Magdalene, in a dramatic 19th-century popular image of penitence painted by Ary Scheffer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Women at Ease 050812

Decades ago there was an economist that stated that one sign of greed and excessive consumption was the acquisition of an idle wife, a ‘woman at ease’ as Isaiah states. It is first, a very degrading statement to make about a woman or a man—that they were acquired only to show that someone could afford to keep a ‘woman at ease’ (or a spouse at ease)

But Isaiah has it right and speaks loudly—in Isaiah 32: 14For the palace will be forsaken, the populous city deserted;’ but when this happens, and the spouses at ease rise up in protest, righteousness and peace will come.

How do we think this will happen? Rather than take this as a prophesy, it can be read as a story of how we are. When peoples, cultures and civilizations become so excessive as to keep human beings as family for the purpose of displaying them as evidence of success, then that culture is excessive, wasteful and not at peace with God.

Do we know any cultures to which this may apply? Is this how Satan works in the world?

Pray for peace

brother Bill

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Psalm 80

Isaiah 32:9-20

James 3:17-18

 

Psalm 80

1Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth

2before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us!

3Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

4O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?

5You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure.

6You make us the scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among themselves.

7Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

8You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.

9You cleared the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land.

10The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches;

11it sent out its branches to the sea, and its shoots to the River.

12Why then have you broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?

13The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it.

14Turn again, O God of hosts; look down from heaven, and see; have regard for this vine,

15the stock that your right hand planted.

16They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down; may they perish at the rebuke of your countenance.

17But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself.

18Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name.

19Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Isaiah 32:9-20

9Rise up, you women who are at ease, hear my voice; you complacent daughters, listen to my speech. 10In little more than a year you will shudder, you complacent ones; for the vintage will fail, the fruit harvest will not come. 11Tremble, you women who are at ease, shudder, you complacent ones; strip, and make yourselves bare, and put sackcloth on your loins. 12Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine, 13for the soil of my people growing up in thorns and briers; yes, for all the joyous houses in the jubilant city. 14For the palace will be forsaken, the populous city deserted; the hill and the watchtower will become dens forever, the joy of wild asses, a pasture for flocks; 15until a spirit from on high is poured out on us, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is deemed a forest. 16Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness abide in the fruitful field. 17The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. 18My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. 19The forest will disappear completely, and the city will be utterly laid low. 20Happy will you be who sow beside every stream, who let the ox and the donkey range freely.

James 3:17-18

17But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. 18And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

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Comments on: "Women at Ease 050812" (3)

  1. Isaiah paints a grim picture, indeed!

  2. I never really thought about what this passage is saying before. Thank you.

    • But don’t depend on the blog for interpretation alone. What is said so often reflects personal experience etc. and we hope readers will discuss verses with friends and family, with church, etc. Thanks for your comments!

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