America today sounds so much like the nations or cities Isaiah goes through in chapters 13-17. First, we see the destruction of Babylon in chapters 13 and 14. We also see Moabs fate in 15 and 16, and finally in chapter 17 we see Syria and Israel fail. Today we are going to focus on Isaiah 15:2 and 15:12, the high places. Both verses use the words “High Places.” I would normally think of it representing something good, and clean; but this is not what “high places” represents in these two verses. In Isaiah 15:2 we see “He is gone up to Ba-jith, and to Dibon, the High Places, to weep.” Ba-jith is another word for temple. In this temple they most likely worshipped a Moabite god named Chemoshor, and some other idols. This obviously breaks the first 2 of the Ten Commandments. So in other words, Moab had decided to make their own gods, and were creating their own idols. This will eventually lead to Moabs demise. Like in Isaiah 16:12 when you go to a high place to pray to a false god, your prayer will be unanswered.
This, to me, sounds like America right now. I know there are times I have to watch how high I place things of the world. We have to be careful. Some of the lusts of the world are easily distracting. Cell phones are a good example of something that can turn into an idol. Do we look in the Bible before we get on our phone in the morning? God should always come first. If he’s not first, then we have to figure out what we are putting up on that high place of idolatry.
Revelation 21:8 says, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Idolatry is something we all have to watch, it can creep up on us easily, and if we don’t read and study God’s word daily, and put Him first, we will become more like this world, and less like Christ.