While reading through Isaiah, and arriving at the 57th Chapter, I had to stop and re-read to confirm the character of Isaiah, and the message he was presenting. The man had to be fearless in what he delivered.
“The righteous man perishes, and no man takes it to heart; and devout men are taken away, while no one understands.” The hearts of men are so calloused with their “doings” that the righteous man, the devout man, goes to the grave with little impact. They might go to the funeral because of their business dealings with him, but little spiritual appreciation is recognized. In fact, the third verse of that chapter indicates that God took him home to take him away from evil. God saw him in the midst of corruption and in effect was saying “I am welcoming you into peace!” It was not because of any corruption on his part, just the reward of peace and rest according to the 2nd verse. It was in recognition of his walk in the upright way!
The picture that follows is that of ungodliness on the part of those who had little recognition toward the Godly walk of the religious zealot, the Godly man. However, that group of individuals who are categorized as “sons of sorcerers, offspring of an adulterer and a prostitute.” They made jest of the righteous man, “they opened wide the mouth and stick out the tongue.” They are children of rebellion! The picture is most vivid…Like parents, like children!
And while we view the picture, the subsequent verses give many of the details of corrupt worship and repeated rebellion. “You were tired of the length of their road, yet you did not say, ‘It is hopeless.’ You found renewed strength, therefore you did not faint. Of whom were you worried and fearful when you lied, and did not remember ME nor give ME a thought? Was I not silent even for a long time so you do not fear Me? I will declare your righteousness and your deeds, but they will not profit you. When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you. But the wind will carry all of them up, and a breath will take them away. (v10-13) But he who takes refuge in Me shall inherit the land and shall possess My holy mountain.”
While the reference is not to our day directly, you would have to admit it to be a very vivid picture of the hour in which we live.