6 Watch, it is written before me: I will not keep silent, but I will repay; I will really repay into their laps 7 their iniquities and their ancestors’ iniquities together, says Yahveh; because they offered incense on the mountains and reviled me on the hills, I will measure into their money pouches full payment for their actions. 8 Thus says Yahveh: Like the wine is found in the cluster, and they say, “Do not destroy it, because there might be a blessing in it,” so I will do for my servants’ sake, and not destroy them all. 9 I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah inheritors of my mountains; my chosen will inherit it, and my servants will settle there. 10 Sharon will become a pasture for flocks, and the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down, for my people who have sought me. 11 But you who forsake Yahveh, who forget my holy mountain, who set a table for Fate and fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny; 12 I will destine you to the sword, and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter; because, when I called, you did not answer, when I spoke, you did not listen, but you did what was evil in my sight, and chose what did not please me.
Isaiah’s generation had made the wrong choices, and it mattered to God. By their wrong choices, they had settled their destiny. Yahveh would bring his judgment upon them, but not destroy them completely. Because he also has made choices. He has decided to bless the world through this people. If this generation would not step up to the plate and be a blessing, then it would be another. But one day all the nations would be blessed by these people. The king of kings would come from them. A people who choose to serve God will settle in his land, and spread his word throughout the planet.
LORD, make us a people known for our right choices; our commitment to you.