"Behold, Yahweh will empty the earth and make it desolate, and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants. And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest. As with the slave, so with his master. As with the maid, so with her mistress. As with the buyer, so with the seller. As with the lender, so with the borrower. As with the creditor, so with the debtor. The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered, for Yahweh has spoken this word." - Isaiah 24:1-3
Writing about 700 bc, Isaiah is speaking of the end times. God will empty the earth of its inhabitants because of man's sin (vv. 5-6). The judgment will be universal, impacting every class of society.
From these verses we learn that God is no respecter of persons. He doesn't care how rich or poor we are. He doesn't care how many friends we have on social media. It doesn't matter to him what our profession is or how well-known we are. Our ethnic origin doesn't matter either. His judgment comes on all people. This is essentially what Paul says in Romans.
"What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin. As it is written: None is righteous, no, not one. No one understands. No one seeks for God. All have turned aside. Together they have become worthless. No one does good, not even one. ...Now we know that whatever the Torah says it speaks to those who are under the Torah, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God." - Romans 3:9-12
Father, given that we are all sinners and accountable to you, I pray that we will humble ourselves, admit our sin, and turn to you with a complete change of heart. Your judgment is just, that's for sure. Thankfully you have provided a way of escape through your Son. Thank you that rich and poor, black and white, male and female, may come to you for forgiveness through the cross and the empty tomb. I pray that more and more people will believe in Jesus for salvation before time runs out. In Jesus' name, amen.
- Jeff Coleman