Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Extra Reading: Isaiah 5:20-30.
Hugh Montefiore once said, “God permits evil. His Son submitted to it on the cross, and by so doing He was victorious over its power to harm Him. The origin of evil remains a mystery. But without the possibility of evil we would not choose the good. Christians believe that Christ has delivered them from falling under the power of evil. We mature and grow in character by refusing the evil and choosing the good. God leaves free to choose, because He wants us to grow into His own perfect freedom. This freedom of choice, however, involves the possibility of people perpetrating great evil.” (Confirmation Notebook, Fifth Edition, SPCK, 1985, page 7). Now let’s have a look at examples of evil: Satan incites David to take census over Israel (1 Chronicles 21:1). Satan is responsible for a woman’s crippling disease (Luke 13:16). This woman was crippled by a spirit for 18 years (v.11). The devil prompts Judas to betray Jesus Christ (John 13:2). Ananias lies to the Holy Spirit at Satan’s instigation (Acts 5:3). Paul’s thorn in the flesh is from Satan (2 Cor.4:4; 12:7). There are a number of people who did evil in the sight of God. The evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil (Matthew 12:35; Luke 6:45). How can you speak what is good when you are evil? (Matthew 12:34). He will hide His face from them because they have done evil deeds (Mica 3:4). Your iniquities have separated you from God (Isaiah 59:2). Whoever have sinned I will blot out of my book (Exodus 32:33).
There are warnings against evil. Scripture repeatedly warns against evil. It exposes it and reveals its consequences. God opposes evil. Psalm 34:16 states, “The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut the memory of them from the earth.” God’s law was given to counter evil-by exposing it (Romans 7:7) and by leading believers away from evil (Galatians 3:24; 1 Timothy 1:9-11). The state is ordained to restrain evil (Romans 13:1-4; Deuteronomy 17:7, 12-13). Evil rebounds on evildoers. Proverbs 22:8 states, “He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.” NIV Bible. Evil ends in judgment. Isaiah 65:12 states, “I will destine you for the sword, and you will all bend down for the slaughter; for I called but you did not answer, I spoke but you did not listen. You did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.” NIV Bible. God judges evil. God does not take pleasure in evil (Ps. 5:4). The wrath of God is revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men (Romans 1:18). If I regard wickedness in my heart the Lord will not hear (Ps. 66:18). I will heap misfortune on them (Deut. 32:23). God will not hesitate to deal with evil harshly. People in the world should not fool themselves and think that God will ignore evil. The Scriptures puts it very clearly that some people are already condemned to a life of eternal hell for rebelling against God, and choosing to do evil.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, give us hatred towards evil. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!