“Those who err in mind will know the truth, and those who criticize will accept instruction” (Isaiah 29:24).
Since days of old there have been among the people of God those who allow other voices and competing authorities to replace sound doctrine and biblical understanding. It is a cultural conditioning that accommodates sin as an expression of toleration, or under the guise of God’s love. Like the hound that yelps when a rock is thrown into a pack of dogs, critical voices are those that rise when struck by the conviction of God’s indicting and enlightening word. Nonetheless, the prophet sees the day when even these will find themselves the beneficiaries of God’s ceaseless mercy as they finally accept his instruction. It is a timeless reminder that the most loving thing we do isn’t to accommodate sin, but to be steadfast in the faithful instruction of God’s word.