Isaiah 16 & 1 Peter 4

Isaiah 16

    Send the lamb to the ruler of the land,
    from Sela, by way of the desert,
        to the mount of the daughter of Zion.
    Like fleeing birds,
        like a scattered nest,
    so are the daughters of Moab
        at the fords of the Arnon.
    “Give counsel;
        grant justice;
    make your shade like night
        at the height of noon;
    shelter the outcasts;
        do not reveal the fugitive;
    let the outcasts of Moab
        sojourn among you;
    be a shelter to them
        from the destroyer.
    When the oppressor is no more,
        and destruction has ceased,
    and he who tramples underfoot has vanished from the land,
    then a throne will be established in steadfast love,
        and on it will sit in faithfulness
        in the tent of David
    one who judges and seeks justice
        and is swift to do righteousness.”
    We have heard of the pride of Moab—
        how proud he is!—
    of his arrogance, his pride, and his insolence;
        in his idle boasting he is not right.
    Therefore let Moab wail for Moab,
        let everyone wail.
    Mourn, utterly stricken,
        for the raisin cakes of Kir-hareseth.
    For the fields of Heshbon languish,
        and the vine of Sibmah;
    the lords of the nations
        have struck down its branches,
    which reached to Jazer
        and strayed to the desert;
    its shoots spread abroad
        and passed over the sea.
    Therefore I weep with the weeping of Jazer
        for the vine of Sibmah;
    I drench you with my tears,
        O Heshbon and Elealeh;
    for over your summer fruit and your harvest
        the shout has ceased.
    And joy and gladness are taken away from the fruitful field,
    and in the vineyards no songs are sung,
        no cheers are raised;
    no treader treads out wine in the presses;
        I have put an end to the shouting.
    Therefore my inner parts moan like a lyre for Moab,
        and my inmost self for Kir-hareseth.
        And when Moab presents himself, when he wearies himself on the high place, when he comes to his sanctuary to pray, he will not prevail.

    This is the word that the LORD spoke concerning Moab in the past. But now the LORD has spoken, saying, “In three years, like the years of a hired worker, the glory of Moab will be brought into contempt, in spite of all his great multitude, and those who remain will be very few and feeble.”

(Isaiah 16 ESV)

1 Peter 4

    Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.

    The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

    Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And

    “If the righteous is scarcely saved,
        what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”
        Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

(1 Peter 4 ESV)

1 Peter 4: On account of Christ's commitment to the cross and our commitment to Christ, our lives here on earth ought to be spent living for the will of God rather than to please our own passions and desires. We find ourselves overcome by various temptations in life only because of the lusts and passions already within us. The fish only bites the hook because of his inner desire for an easy meal.

As Christians, the world around us ought to be 'surprised' by our life of self-control. However, we must not be surprised when we are slandered for it.

Does our commitment to the will of God ever surprise the people around us? Do we ever find ourselves slandered because of our self-control motivated by our commitment to Christ? May we never be ashamed, but may we constantly and consistently seek the glory of God entrusting our souls to our faithful Creator while doing good.