A Roof made of Lies

Bible Reading:
Isaiah 28: 11-29

Text verse:

Isaiah 28:17
Judgment also will I lay to the line, 
and righteousness to the plummet: 
and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, 
and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

Tuesday the 20th November 2001
This past week!
The Free State was devastated by a violent hailstorm.
The worst ever!
Damage especially in Bloemfontein is reckoned in the Millions of Rands.
The Farmers are counting the cost.
The Newspapers report that since Tuesday 30 metric Tons of glass
are delivered daily to Bloemfontein to just one of the Glass repair Shops!
Glass repair firms have been working night and day in an attempt
to restore order!

The often Violent Electrical Storms of the Free State take some getting use to.
Remember the damage the Tornado did in Welkom during 1990?

It started me thinking:
What does the Bible say about Hail and Hailstones?
Depending on the Version of the Bible you read:
In the King James Version that I use 
it is mentioned in some 33 verses. 
In the Ou Vertaling of the Afrikaans Bible
it is mentioned in some 29 verses.
Interesting the only Book that Hail or Hailstones are
mentioned in the New Testament is in the Book Revelation!
While mentioned in 7 Old Testament Books!

The first mention of hail in the Bible is found in 
the Book of Exodus.
The Seventh Plague of Egypt!
Pharaoh had harden his Heart and would not let the
Children of Israel free.
Hence the Plagues that befell Egypt!

Listen to what happened:
Exodus 9:23
And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: 
and the LORD sent thunder and hail, 
and the fire ran along upon the ground; 
and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt.

Notice not merely flashes of lightening
across the Sky!
But the fire ran along upon the ground!
Can you imagine the Fear that must have gripped those Egyptians.
The Hail fell and the lightning's fire along the ground
burning all in its path!

But what do you do when the violent Electrical Storm
surrounds you and the Hail starts to rain down?
Every man
Every Bird
Every animal
and even every insect seeks
A place of Refuge
A place of Security
A place of Protection
A shelter
A place to flee to
A roof over its head to protect it
from the raging Storm and the falling hail!

But sometimes that which you depended on is utterly inefficient!
As many discovered this past week as roofs were swept away.
Destroyed by the violent winds and the hail!
Take a moment and think of those left homeless by
the Hailstorms this past week in the Townships
and the Squatters Camps!
The damage, the utter devastation!
Homes with roofs - No protection left from the raging storms!

And then I remembered our Bible Text:
Isaiah 28:17
Judgment also will I lay to the line,
and righteousness to the plummet:
and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

The Hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies!
or as another Bible Version says:
The Hail shall sweep away the Shelter of Lies!
But it was the Afrikaans Bible that really made me think:
The Nuwe Vertaling says:
The Skuilplek - Shelter - Refuge - van leuens -of Lies
The Ou Vertaling that we all use says:
Die Leuendak - The roof of Lies!
Friend what will you do
when the Hail sweeps away your Roof of Lies?
Your Refuge of Lies?
That shelter of lies that you are hiding behind?

Every Man knows that he needs a refuge
or Hiding place in times of Storms.
The Holy Spirit is our refuge.

Listen to our Bible Reading:
Isaiah 28:11-12
For with stammering lips and another tongue
will he speak to this people.
To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith
ye may cause the weary to rest;
and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

When the Storm rages and the Hail falls
And we do not know how to Pray.
Listen to what the Word of God says:

Romans 8:26
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:
for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:
but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us
with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Friend, I need to ask the same Question that
Paul asked the disciples at Ephesus:
Acts 19:2
He said unto them,
Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?
And they said unto him,
We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

There is no need to fear receiving the Holy Spirit.
Listen to the Words of Jesus:
Luke 11:11-13
If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father,
will he give him a stone?
or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts
unto your children:
how much more shall your heavenly Father
give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

The Holy Spirit is essential in times of Storms
to help us to pray!
Prayer moves the Hand of God
by Whom all things are possible!

Listen to the Words found in:
Revelation 11:19
And the temple of God was opened in heaven,
and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament:
and there were lightnings, and voices,
and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Notice The Temple of God was opened in Heaven.
Great hail
What does Hail do?

Our Text Verse:
Isaiah 28:17
Judgment also will I lay to the line,
and righteousness to the plummet:
and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

Sweep away our Roof of Lies
Sweep away our refuge of Lies
Sweep away our Shelter of Lies!
Those excuses for sin!

But our Bible reading continues:
Isaiah 28:20
For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it:
and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

I need to be careful now!
Its a cold winter night
And the Blanket is just not wide enough
Someone in the bed is exposed to the cold!

Hebrews 9:27
And as it is appointed unto men once to die,
but after this the judgment:

Its' Judgment Day
The Door to the Temple in Heaven is open!
But it is Hailing!
The Hailstones of Truth come through
the Roof of your Home faster and faster!
That which you depended on is utterly inefficient.
The Hailstones of Truth come through
the Roof of your Home faster and faster!
And now you stand drenched in despair
every thing you trusted in are washed away in terror!
The Roof of Your Parents
The Roof of the Church
The Blanket of your wife
The Blanket of your Husband
Its Hailing and the Hail has
swept away your Refuge of lies!
You thought that you could find refuge
under the Roof of your Good works
But as the hail swept away your Roof of Good Works
you found it to be a Roof of Lies
because it revealed no Good Works towards God!
The fact that you were a Good Father
A Good Mother, A Good Friend
A Good Brother, A Good Sister
As that Roof of Lies was swept away it reveals
that God was ignored most of the time in  your Home!
Your Home has every thing that you desire
A TV, A Stereo Hi-fi
Beautiful furniture
that is until the Hail comes and sweeps away the Roof of lies
and it is revealed that no Treasures were stored in Heaven:

Mark 8:36-37
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?
Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

The Hailstones of Truth come through
the Roof of your Home faster and faster!
And now you stand drenched in despair
every thing you trusted in are washed away in terror!
You see the Bible says, Jesus said:

John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Friend in that day every thing or everyone else
that you put your trust in, will be revealed as
A refuge of Lies
A shelter of Lies
A roof of lies
The Hail will have swept it all away
and then what will remain if
you failed to make Christ your Refuge!

How can I make Christ my Refuge?
Acts 2:38-39
Then Peter said unto them, Repent,
and be baptized every one of you
in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,
and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For the promise is unto you, and to your children,
and to all that are afar off,
even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Pastor CSJ Claassen
PO Box 99
South Africa

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