Read Isaiah 33
Focus on verse 1
Funny thing about dishonesty and deception…they eventually self-destruct every time. It would seem they have no other recourse. The nature of a traitor is to betray, the nature of a destroyer is to destroy, and the nature of a deceiver is to deceive…it makes it impossible for them to work together for any length of time without betraying, deceiving and destroying each other. I find it interesting how this finds its way into modern folklore.
Just prior to writing this I had the opportunity to watch the latest edition of the Star Wars saga…“Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens”. By the time this is posted it will have been in theaters for a month or so, but in the event that you have not yet seen it and don’t like spoilers you may want to hold off on reading the rest of this until after you have seen it.
I found that the plot had a very similar outline to the Star Wars IV, which was first movie to be released back in the 1980’s. The shocker for me was that they killed off Han Solo’s character! It is actually the dialogue of the scene where Han dies that pertains to the focus of today’s reading. As Han is attempting to turn his son Ren (the villain) back from the dark side, he tells Ren that the Dark Lord is just using him for his power and that when the dark side no longer needs him it will destroy him too. This truth appears for a moment to have found its mark in Ren’s mind – but then to everyone’s shock and dismay Ren uses exactly this strategy to kill his father. He agrees, and for a moment it seems he is turning back as he tearfully asks Han to help him, but as Han tries to take the light sabre from him Ren suddenly flips it on, killing his own father who in his dying moment does not stop loving his son.
In verse one of today’s reading Isaiah writes;
Ah, you destroyer, who yourself have not been destroyed,
You traitor, whom none has betrayed!
When you have ceased to destroy, you will be destroyed;
And when you have finished betraying, they will betray you. (Isaiah, 33:1)
In the immediate context the destroyer is the nations that are about to sack the city of Jerusalem. In the apocalyptic context it could also apply to Satan, who is sometimes referred to as the destroyer, and his ultimate demise when Jesus returns to set things right.
In the broader application, it applies to anyone who chooses a path of deception and betrayal. The saying “there is no honor among thieves” is a true saying. If they are truly dishonorable people they will eventually betray one another, which typically results in their demise. So you see, it is not God who destroys evil. God simply allows evil to self-destruct. God is not in the business of destruction… He is in the business of redemption.
God would much rather see us repent and return into fellowship with Him so that He can bless us with the gift of eternal life with Him than to see us suffer in darkness and agony separated from Him, however, He is committed to giving us the choice in regard to the path we will choose.