OT scrollI recently started a new Bible reading plan conceived and promoted by Grant Horner, Associate Professor at The Master’s College in Los Angeles.  This plan is based on reading a chapter from ten different lists of varying lengths.  The result is a unique combination of readings as you finish each list and start over.  I recommend it to you, but the website will explain it better.  You can access a pdf of the plan at: http://www.4shared.com/file/84820158/92ad7a9e/professor_grant_horners_bible_reading_system.html

At any rate, I was reading yesterday in Chapter 2 of the Bible books on the list and I was impressed with the similar message contained in the poetry of Psalm 2, Proverbs 2 and Isaiah 2 as it relates to culture and politics:

10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
         Take warning, O judges of the earth.
    11Worship the LORD with reverence
         And rejoice with trembling.
    12Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
         For His wrath may soon be kindled
         How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!
    Psalm 2:10-12

6For the LORD gives wisdom;
         From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
    7He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
         He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
    8Guarding the paths of justice,
         And He preserves the way of His godly ones.
    9Then you will discern righteousness and justice
         And equity and every good course.
   Proverbs 2:6-9  

Isn’t that what we long for in our leaders?

7Their land has also been filled with silver and gold
         And there is no end to their treasures …
       8Their land has also been filled with idols;
         They worship the work of their hands,
         That which their fingers have made.

22 Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils;
         For why should he be esteemed? 
  Isaiah 2:7, 8, 22 

Do those words remind you of 21st-century America?  Characterized by greed, self-indulgence and finding meaning apart from God, our nation seeks answers from mere men.  The clear call of Isaiah, though, is to find guidance from a supernatural Source, the one true Creator Redeemer God.  The leaders of men should acknowlege this call as well as the people of God.  The Church must take care as God’s ambassadors in our world to seek His ways, power and wisdom while pointing our decaying culture to the same spiritual priority.  True, lasting change only comes from the inside out.

There is a great temptation to depend on laws, lawmakers and law-interpreters – the governmental system which is the “work of our hands, that which our fingers have made”.  According to the Lord (as He inspired Isaiah to write), that’s the very definition of idolatry.