Isaiah 1

Isaiah 1 has the prophet passing along some pretty straight and in your face truths from God.  “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand”.  God is frustrated with his creation of mankind.  He has provided us all we need, yet we sin and even forget who He is as we get wrapped up in ourselves and our situations, whether it is 2016 or centuries BC, the problem is the same.

Isaiah points out the condition and problem.  “They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged”.  It’s a bad plan to forget about God.  Relationships take effort on both sides, and while God never gives up His attempts to love us, we often allow our fallable mankind ways get in between us and God.  Isaiah tells us how to fix it when that happens.  “Hear the word of the Lord….Give ear to the teaching of our God….Bring no more vain offerings”.  God wants all of us all the time.

When we fall short, He is unable to tolerate our sin.  “I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly”.  Because of His nature and character, he can’t just look the other way and ignore our sin.  He makes it clear what has to happen.  “Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause”.  In other words, straighten up our act and walk the way He has instructed us.  It isn’t rocket science, it’s just obedience!

There is a very powerful benefit to that obedience.  “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken”.  And there is a serious consequence to disobedience.  God doesn’t look lightly on rebellion.  He will take strong action. “I will turn my hand against you and will smelt away your dross as with lye and remove all your alloy”.  His desire is for us to be redeemed through repentance to righteousness.  But we have to take those steps.  “Zion shall be redeemed by justice, and those in her who repent, by righteousness. But rebels and sinners shall be broken together, and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed”.  Are you walking in obedience to God’s ways?  If not, are you ready for the consequences?

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