Isaiah 9:17Therefore the Lord
will take no pleasure in the young men, nor will he pity the fatherless
and widows, for everyone is ungodly and wicked, every mouth speaks vileness.
The young and helpless are those whom God pays most attention to. In fact
earlier in Isaiah he faulted His people for not taking care of them.
"Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow." Is
1:17 Also "The LORD watches over the alien
and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of
the wicked." Psalms 146:9 What is implied is that
such people as the fatherless and widow are humbly relying on God,
just as it is written in the New Testament, "The
widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and
continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help." 1
Timothy 5:5 But what if these people themselves, the poor, outcast,
helpless, were to behave in an ungodly and wicked manner speaking vileness?
It appears that God's attitude is actually quite human. God doesn't
feel pity for the wicked. This is not to say that He won't forebear
their sinfulness to a degree nor provide an opportunity for repentance.
But His love is not unconditional. Israel and Judah will be punished,
but the remnant saved out of them were those who repented. The others were
lost, having been cut off from God. So also is true of the gospel. The
salvation which God offers through Christ is not unconditional but requires
a humble contrite heart. People have to repent to be saved. And God does
not allow the wicked to inherit the kingdom of God.
"Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do
not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers
nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the
greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom
of God."1Cor 6:9,10 But if you want to be esteemed in
the eyes of God, "This is the one I esteem: he
who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word."Isaiah