Paganism in Jewish Worship

Long, long before the razing of Jerusalem during the second century’s Bar Kochba revolt, centuries before the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD, even well before the Exile to Babylon in 586 BC, the prophet Isaiah wrote these words:

Stand fast in your enchantments and your many sorceries, with which you have labored from your youth; perhaps you may be able to succeed; perhaps you may inspire terror. You are wearied with your many counsels; let them stand forth and save you, those who divide the heavens, who gaze at the stars, who at the new moons make known what shall come upon you. Behold, they are like stubble; the fire consumes them; they cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame. No coal for warming oneself is this, no fire to sit before! (Isaiah 47:12-14 ESV)

Now read this story and note the historical period under discussion. Sin is stubborn and deaf to the Word of God, isn’t it?



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