Vs. 1, “Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards…” This chapter brings us to an entirely new section. We had just been reading of future prophecies in our previous chapters (24-27). Now we are reading of prophecies that are fulfillment of that time and also looking into prophecies of the future which culminate into the War of Armageddon and the Millennial reign of Christ! Ephraim was synonymous with Israel and linked to the Northern 10 tribes. They gave into the ways of the world with drinking and defiance to God’s laws. They would not listen to God through Isaiah so God gave them over to the foreign enemy the Assyrians. But this warning would extend to Jerusalem & Judah who also turned from God to false God’s.
Regarding application…False Gods. Vs. 15, “...for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place.” For Judah, they had turned to a pagan God’s of death…for they saw their own impending death imminent. Their hope was to escape death by honoring a God of death (though false.) While it may seem crazy to us that God’s children would do such a thing…let us refrain from judging so quickly. While we may not have false deities we worship…we do have things of this world that we sometimes put our trust in. Our worst enemy is perhaps our own sin nature (pride, selfishness, self-reliance, etc.)…we can put our hope or trust in relationships or friendships, we can put our trust in our jobs and worldly items. Yet our future does not lie in such things…our future lies in the Rock of Christ!