baby talk

April 2015 (17)Isaiah 28:7-15

7 And these also wobble because of wine and stagger because of strong drink; priest and prophet stagger because of strong drink; they are swallowed by wine. They stagger because of strong drink; they err in vision. They stumble rendering of a decision, 8 for all tables are filled with disgusting vomit, without a clean spot. 9 “Who will he teach knowledge, and to whom will he explain his message? Those who are weaned from milk, just taken from the breast? 10 Because we hear command upon command and rule upon rule,[1] a little here, a little there.” 11 Because he speaks with stammer of lip and another tongue to this people, 12 to whom he has said, “This is rest; give rest to the weary; and this is repose”; yet they were not willing to hear. 13 And to them the word of Yahveh will be “command upon command and “rule upon rule, a little here, a little there,” so that they may try to walk and stumble backward and be broken and trapped and captured. 14 Therefore hear the word of Yahveh, mocking men, rulers of these people in Jerusalem: 15 Because you have said, “We have cut a covenant with death, and we have made an agreement with Sheol. The overwhelming flood, when it passes through, will not come to us, because we have made a lie our refuge, and we have hidden ourselves in falsehood.”

baby talk

Isaiah’s words to the nobility were falling on deaf ears. He kept giving them God’s words, and they accused him of being too simplistic and naïve. They were big shots, and Isaiah was treating them like babies. He kept embarrassing them by telling them the same thing, over and over again, as if they were too immature to understand.

How ironic it was, because from Isaiah’s standpoint (and God’s) they were babies. They were stumbling around as if they had not yet learned to walk straight. They were blurping all over the table, so it no longer had a clean spot. They were living in a fantasy world of make –believe, where they could hold back judgment and death by merely wishing it away. Their refuge was a lie, and they had chosen to hide in it, instead of seeking truth from God.

LORD, your word can bring us into a right standing with you. Your word is the means of our growing into maturity and stability. Teach us to respect your word, giving you the authority in our lives that you deserve.


[1] The Hebrew may have been intended to sound like baby talk: “tsav lasav, tsav lasav, kav lakav, kav lakav.”

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About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary and church elder.
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