The Human Problem – God’s Solution

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The 1962 musical, “The Music Man,” contains these lyrics:

Well, either you’re closing your eyes
To a situation you do not wish to acknowledge
Or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated
By the presence of a pool table in your community.
Ya got trouble, my friend, right here,
I say, trouble right here in River City.

People who are familiar with the musical will recall the chorus.

Trouble, oh we got trouble,
Right here in River City!
With a capital “T”
That rhymes with “P”
And that stands for Pool,
That stands for pool.

What interests me is not the chorus, but the first words of the song.

Well, either you’re closing your eyes
To a situation you do not wish to acknowledge
Or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated

Have we closed our eyes to the “caliber of disaster” that is facing our nation and the world? Do we wish to ignore the problems that we face?

Isaiah and the Disaster

Isaiah outlined the disaster that faced God’s people. As we read his words, let’s apply them to 2021 America and other nations.

For our transgressions before you are many,
and our sins testify against us.
Our transgressions indeed are with us,
and we know our iniquities:

Transgressing, and denying the Lord,
and turning away from following our God,
talking oppression and revolt,
conceiving lying words and uttering them from the heart.

Justice is turned back,
and righteousness stands at a distance;
for truth stumbles in the public square,
and uprightness cannot enter.

Truth is lacking,
and whoever turns from evil is despoiled. (Isaiah 59.12-15)

I highlighted these verses in yesterday’s blog article. I mention them today because they place the next verses in proper context.

Paraphrasing “The Music Man,” do we not see the disaster that is facing our world as people easily embrace transgression, sin, iniquity, oppression, revolt, lying words, injustice, and the scorn toward people who seek upright behavior?

God’s Solution

God observes the trouble that is in River City and every city of our world, and he is not impassive. In fact, he is angry over injustice and oppression.

The Lord saw it, and it displeased him
that there was no justice. (Isaiah 59.15)

The Hebrew word for “displeased” is stronger than our English understanding of the term. It means to “burn with anger” or to be “hot” with concern.

God’s evaluation of the list of offenses in verses 12-15 is one that brings him displeasure, anger, and serious concern. By no means does God close his eyes to oppression, injustice, and the like.

In the face of human indifference to the issues of oppression, lying, and injustice, God is appalled that no one intervenes. Thus he takes these matters into his own hands.

He saw that there was no one,
and was appalled that there was no one to intervene;
so his own arm brought him victory,
and his righteousness upheld him.

He put on righteousness like a breastplate,
and a helmet of salvation on his head;
he put on garments of vengeance for clothing,
and wrapped himself in fury as in a mantle.
(Isaiah 59.16-17)

God’s first response to the human problem mentioned by Isaiah is one of judgment.

Abraham’s question, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” (Genesis 18.25), is perfectly in order.

I am currently reading a historical fiction account of the Holocaust. I am saddened and stirred every time I read about the inhumanity of one human toward another.

God is the Judge of all the earth and he will do right for the horrific treatment of Jewish people and all others who have suffered from crimes against humanity.

God’s Ultimate Solution

Isaiah gave a hint of God’s ultimate solution to our problem.

And he will come to Zion as Redeemer,
to those in Jacob who turn from transgression, says the Lord. (Isaiah 59.20)

The Redeemer, Jesus, who was God’s Suffering Servant gave his life on the cross to win the heart of humans.

When people change their minds about self-centered living and surrender in faith to our loving Lord, he becomes their redeemer.

God ultimately defeats his enemies by making them his friends through the cross and resurrection of Jesus.

Today’s Prayer Theme

I have asked readers of the blog articles to pray, while they are informed by Isaiah 59. Today, please pray that we will see the trouble that our world is facing.

Let’s pray for his love to defeat what is taking place in the world.

About This Blog

Rudy Ross is an excellent Bible student and lover of God. He and I produce a daily video on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel. Please listen to Rudy’s thoughts on this passage.

Please email your prayer requests to or private message me on Facebook. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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