This Modern Condition
A Sermon on Isaiah 5:8-10
Woe to the Wicked
Woe to those who join house to house,
who add field to field,
until there is no more room,
and you are made to dwell alone
in the midst of the land.
The LORD of hosts has sworn in my hearing:
“Surely many houses shall be desolate,
large and beautiful houses, without inhabitant.
For ten acres of vineyard shall yield but one bath,
and a homer of seed shall yield but an ephah.” (ESV)
You are falling into a trap so subtle that you probably do not even realize you are bound. It calls to you from every crevice of our culture— materialism. It seeks to measure life by this world, and its focus is entirely on the here-and-now and what we can gain while we are alive here, from riches, to popularity, to belongings. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches a warning against this trap in this sermon on Isaiah 5:8-10, reminding us of the dangers of living in a mindset enraptured by this temporary world. Every second we spend longing for the world is a second we are not gazing on the goodness of our God. What are some things he urges us to note? First, materialism’s smallness— it takes all of life and measures it by what someone has. Second, it is selfish— the logical outcome of this worldview is for a person to think entirely of themselves and their existence here and how they can progress. What causes materialism? Ultimately, that God is not in man’s thoughts. Naturally, when people cease thinking eternally, they begin to focus on this world more. Scripture issues several warnings against this, and God has acted on these warnings several times throughout history. Dr. Lloyd-Jones exhorts us to care for our souls and to not put off addressing spiritual things. After all, what advantage is it to someone if he gains all this world has and yet loses his soul in the end?
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.