Thursday, March 15, 2012
By: M. DeHaan
“… speak unto us smooth things.” – Isa. 30:10
Isaiah was a preacher of judgment. He declared without compromise the holiness of God, the filthiness of Israel’s sin, and as a result he was hated, persecuted and, according to tradition, martyred by being sawn asunder between two boards (Heb. 11:37). The people resented hearing about the judgments of God but wanted the preacher to talk about “love” instead, and so they said to Isaiah, “Speak unto us smooth things.” The word for “smooth” means “flattering.” They wanted to be flattered and pleased, and when Isaiah refused, he was put to death.
In the last days in which we live, this scene is being repeated according to the words of Paul. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Tim. 4:3-4)... A faithful ministry is not likely to be a popular one.
A certain man who had listened to a sermon, described it as very “moving, soothing and satisfying.” It was moving inasmuch as half the congregation left during the service. It was soothing because the rest fell fast asleep. And it was satisfying for they cared for no more of that sort... We have not preached the Word unless it has disturbed the sinner and awakened the saint.
May God deliver me from yielding to the temptation of pleasing the crowd who say, “Speak unto us smooth things.” I would rather heed Paul’s admonition to “preach the Word” (2 Tim. 4:2)!
“The best way to eradicate evil is to publish and practice the Truth!”