God is speaking to the ten tribes. This people evidently are ensnared by alcohol, the priests give meaningless words. They boast that they are protected from death; they take their refuge in lies. But God is exposing their lies. They will be overwhelmed, death will take them. There will be no place to hide. The LORD has decreed destruction. But there is also a remnant of his people, “In that day the LORD Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people. He will be a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.” V. 5-6 He also gives the promise of a coming Messiah, “See I lay in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.”v.16
It is so easy for us human beings to take refuge in lies, to trust in false gods. We look for lies (gods) that will tell us what we want to hear. We look for what will tell us we can do what we want to do with no consequences. It is all okay. But this is a false security. God’s word is the law. All who trust in falsehood will be overwhelmed. There is no place to hide from the truth. Praise God there is a Precious Cornerstone, one who can be trusted, one who is a safe hiding place, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only safe place. The one who trusts in Him will never be dismayed, ashamed, or run away in fear.
Jesus, It seems like more and more people are trapped by lies. Our world is full of deceiving spirits. All around are the voices of those who offer false hiding places. Please open the eyes of people to see the truth. Please help those who are trusting in falsehood to see the truth. Please, Lord, help those in our family who are trusting in lies. Forgive me, Father, for the times I listen to lies. You are the only way, You are the only hope, You are the only safe place, the only refuge. Help me to trust You completely and please let my life show that.