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June 23rd - A Dozen Social Sins

A Dozen Social Sins

(Isaiah 1:1-17, 21-26; 2:6-18; 3:8-28; 4:1; 5:1-23; 32:9-11


The Prophet Isaiah

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The Old Testament prophet Isaiah may be best remembered for his Messianic prophecies, pointing to the coming of the Lord Christ.


However, in today’s Bible reading, we find Isaiah’s sharp warnings against a dozen social sins. The land of Judah was plagued with iniquities, or sins, as the people followed their leaders into error. Considering this list, we might well wonder at the condition of our own culture.


How many of these dozen social sins can you decipher from this scrambled list? (The answers are listed at the end of this post.) How many might we identify in our own society, or even in ourselves?


SOGILIREU SMORFLIAM

SLOURBELIE SLURER

TRIALDOY

ERDIP

SLAFE SLERADE

GHUTHAY NOWEM

DEREG

VERRELY

GRANCOARE

ZIALTIONARATION

SUNKDRENES


Isn’t it amazing how sin can scramble our lives, preventing us from following the Lord’s leading? How might cultural or social errors and idolatry keep entire nations and peoples from hearing the voice of God?


Will you pray with me?


Holy Lord,

Give us wisdom to learn Your ways.

Bend our hearts to You.

Reveal any hidden sins within our hearts,

So we may repent and turn again to You.

Cue us to prayer

For our nations,

And draw our peoples’ hearts to Your own.

We want to honor You.

Amen.

Answers to Scrambled Words:


Religious Formalism

Rebellious Rulers

Idolatry

False Leaders

Haughty Women

Greed

Revelry

Arrogance

Rationalization

Drunkenness


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