But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore. Isaiah 57:3.
Continued from '11. Children for the Fire'
12. SPIRITUAL GENETICS
Note that the voice speaks of “sons” (plural), not just one son; it speaks of a “brood of rebels” (plural), not just a single rebel. In other words, the whole “brood” of boys shared identical evil characteristics; all the males in that family showed the same unholy tendencies.
Was such a peculiar gene common to every male member of that family by accident? Was there some spiritual genetics? When John the Baptist in the New Testament described a present population as the “generation” or “brood” of vipers, was he referring to something spiritual and evil that had transferred into that present generation from their biological ancestors? Was he hinting at spiritual genetics, at something venomous in them which had an origin from their parents? New Testament? If those uniformly strange kind of boys were the product of the sick stock from which they had come, who says that foundations do not speak?
13 COME NEAR
i) Take a Step
Is any help possible for such boys? Yes, but nobody is helped by a help they do not receive, that is why the very opening words of the prophecy directed at those sons is an invitation: “draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress” (v.3). God would not invite if He was not going to accept. “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded” (James 4:8). God draws near those who take the initiative towards Him, and His one step is much more than a million tiny mortal steps.
ii) Go in the Right Direction
God not only invites, He says where to come to: “hither,” which means, “Here where I am.” Why? Because problems sometimes drive seekers into the wrong places, as we also notice with the sons down the chapter: “When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee” (Isaiah 57:13). They had had problems that made them cry, but they cried into the wrong ears. To go to a fetish priest, a mystic temple, or the pub in search of relief from the miseries of a wrong lifestyle, merely worsens matters. God is not 'everywhere.' Come “hither”: to God!
iii) Acknowledge your Past
Why did God label them by the 'stigma' of their birth, as “the seed of the adulterer and the whore,” when they had no hand in it? God was drawing attention to their foundation, because addressing it was going to be important in the deliverance they had been seeking. Similarly, from verses 3-12, God draws attention to their specific sins. The Prodigal Son took the initiative to return when “he arose, and came,” he also went in the right direction, “to his father,” rather than to another “far country.”He was specific in admitting what he had done wrong; he confessed to his father, “I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight” (Luke 15:20-21). He made confessions.
iv) Be Penitent
Being depressed about a bad life does not make the life better. The sons needed to have “a contrite and humble spirit” (v.15), but fear of what their gang would do if they deserted, held them back. God asked, “And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared, that thou hast lied.” Fear made them to continue in their lies (v.11).
v). Make Haste
The door of mercy will not remain open forever, so God warns, “I will not contend for ever” (v.16). If the sons wasted the ultimatum of mercy, then there would be “no peace… to the wicked” (v.21).
vi). A Prayer
O God and Father of the prodigal, please, forgive my wayward ways and receive me back home. May the blood of Jesus cleanse me from my sins and the sins of my father and my mother. Forgive the blood I have shed and the idols I have served, in Jesus name, Amen.
From The Preacher Diary.