8And He removed the defense of Judah.
On that day you depended on the weapons of the house of the forest,
9And you saw that the breaches
In the wall of the city of David were many;
And you collected the waters of the lower pool.
10Then you counted the houses of Jerusalem
And tore down houses to fortify the wall.
11And you made a reservoir between the two walls
For the waters of the old pool.
But you did not depend on Him who made it,
Nor did you take into consideration Him who planned it long ago.
12¶Therefore on that day the Lord God of armies called you to weeping, to wailing,
To shaving the head, and to wearing sackcloth.
13Instead, there is joy and jubilation,
Killing of cattle and slaughtering of sheep,
Eating of meat and drinking of wine:
“Let’s eat and drink, for tomorrow we may die.”
14But the Lord of armies revealed Himself to me:
“Certainly this wrongdoing will not be forgiven you
Until you die,” says the Lord God of armies.
8¶ And he discovered the covering of Judah, and thou didst look in that day to the armour of the house of the forest. 9Ye have seen also the breaches of the city of David, that they are many: and ye gathered together the waters of the lower pool. 10And ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have ye broken down to fortify the wall. 11Ye made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool: but ye have not looked unto the maker thereof, neither had respect unto him that fashioned it long ago. 12And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth: 13And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die. 14And it was revealed in mine ears by the LORD of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
Humanity is alienated from God because of sin. In this sermon on Isaiah 22:8–14 titled “To Be Made Anew,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones paints a picture of the discovery of sight when the veil is lifted from humanity’s eyes. They are awakened to God’s perspective, no longer thoughtless and heedless. The world is not perfect and the truth needs to be seen. People are not in control, not even of themselves. There is a breach in the walls of their lives and they are losing what is precious and vital. Complacency and negligence has done this over time. Christians who look to the example of Israel will see themselves in the frantic, yet futile attempt to fix this disaster. It is also in the busyness of this present century and how it is equally as futile. Never has there been such diligence and organization in every part of life. How can the serious accompany the flippant? The love of pleasure is fatal. Listen and hear how Christians today imitate Israel—forgetting God and forgetting they are His. All that is needed is their Maker.
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.