For almost our entire marriage (going on twenty-two years now), Alaine and I have used a wonderful daily devotional guide called Today's Light. Today's Light takes it's readers through the Bible from cover to cover. Earlier this year we read through the book of Isaiah as part of our evening devotions. One of the key themes of the prophet is how God deals with the wicked.
Wickedness is one of those words that is rarely heard any longer. As a matter of fact, wickedness has all but disappeared from the modern American lexicon. (The same could be said for the Church.) After all, when is the last time you heard or read the word wicked? This wasn’t always the case. Back in 1962 writer Ray Bradbury released a novel titled, “ Something Wicked This Way Comes”. The novel's title came directly from William Shakespeare's Macbeth: "By the pricking of my thumbs Something wicked this way comes."
Which leads me back to the prophet. In Isaiah 55 we read this word of the Lord. 'Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon."
Isaiah 57 ends with these words: "But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud. 'There is no peace,' says my God, 'for the wicked.'"
I'm glad that I belong to a Law and Gospel preaching Church. We see both the Law and the Gospel powerfully proclaimed throughout Isaiah.