Order on order

“For He says,
‘Order on order, order on order,
Line on line, line on line,
A little here, a little there.’”
Isaiah 28:10

In the context of the chapter this saying was being used as a mockery of a stuttering preacher.  Later (in verse 13) God used the saying as if He were a foreign conqueror who could not speak the language well.   These are words used as mocking, but God chose them deliberately.

I have often used these words as a guide for how to teach or how to work with children in general.  I usually said the King James version:  “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.”  These words have been a help to organize my teaching to be basic and building.  To make the lessons focused on a little at a time and to build up from there.  Even looking at the phrases gives the impression of building blocks.

As I said, God chose these words for a purpose.  He could have chosen other words that would have had the same babbling effect, but He chose these.  They give another picture of God Himself.  He is a God of order.  He works “line on line” and “a little here and a little there.”  He lays out a precept to be built on another precept.

As an educator, I am faced with similar types of mocking.  The “old” way is not suitable for the 21st century.  Many educators are attempting to do “big” things and are making many changes in classroom teaching to try to accomplish this.  Doing things in a orderly fashion, bit by bit, drill by drill, concept built on concept is mocked.  The focus tends to be the end result and not the knowledge that is needed to truly accomplish that result.  It is a mockery of God Himself.

To do things God’s way requires what God stated in verse 16 of this chapter:

Therefore thus says the Lord God,
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone,
A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.

He who believes in it will not be disturbed.

We discover in the New Testament (read Acts 4 and Romans 9-10) that this stone is Jesus Christ.  It is impossible to do things God’s way without God Himself to help; so the solution is to trust in Jesus.  The apostle Paul stated in Romans 10:11 that if we believe in Jesus we “will not be disappointed.”

If we teach or just conduct our lives in an orderly way.  If we build our life one line upon another line, one precept upon another precept, depending on Jesus to guide us to do it rightly.  We can rejoice in the last verse of this chapter:

This also comes from the Lord of hosts,
Who has made His counsel wonderful and His wisdom great.
Isaiah 28:29

My Encouraging Word is teach your students to walk in lines, follow rules.  Make sure they know concept 1 before you teach concept 2.  Help them to see that learning a little here and adding a little there makes a beautiful structure within themselves.  Whether you work in a school or are training your children at home, you can follow this guidance.

‘Order on order, order on order,
Line on line, line on line,
A little here, a little there.’”
Isaiah 28:10

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One Response to Order on order

  1. Marlene Blough says:

    Great advice!

    Your “Encouraging Words” are always just that. I appreciate your sending them to me.

    Have a wonderful school year.

    In our precious Savior,


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