Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Isaiah 1 - Hear the message of the LORD

Hear the message of the LORD

Isaiah contains 66 chapters, as many chapters as there are books of the Bible. The prophesies of Isaiah reveal much about the coming Messiah. He is the most often quoted prophet of the new testament.

Isa 1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

The vision and the prophecy of Isaiah, the son of Amoz, some 700 years before Christ Jesus came. Isaiah means, Salvation is of the LORD. Judah and Jerusalem were split into two kingdoms, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Judah had good kings and bad kings. Israel had about 18 kings, all evil and rebellious against God. Isaiah lived in Jerusalem of Judah.

Isa 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.

The LORD has spoken; hear, listen in heaven and on earth. The message is a testimony to angels and to all on earth about his people. I have nourished and brought up children, the Jews, and they have rebelled against me. A nation founded under God, like our nation. A nation called Gods firstborn.

Exo 4:22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:

Isaiah was prophesying to his nation who had prospered and turned to idolotry and personal wickedness. God wants all to know that their sins are not hidden from him.

Isa 1:3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

God is comparing Israel, all his chosen people to animals and the animals are wiser by instinct then are his rebellious children. The ox knows his owner; the ass or donkey, knows his masters place provided for him, but Gods people turn away to other gods and lusts of the flesh.

A dog will run to his owner with great pleasure. A friend or spouse may be cool or judgmental. Should we not run to our loved ones and especially to our God at all times? The God who created and forgave our sins, shall we not love him with all our hearts and our neighbor as ourselves?

Isa 1:4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.

God speaks to all; a sinful nation, a people covered with sins, an offspring of evildoers, not resembling the father who created them for holiness. The children are corrupters, as one bad apple corrupts others, as rust on metal, as gossip spreads into more gossip. Their wickedness increased unto more and more wickedness. They have forsaken the LORD, and done evil in his sight, not fearing him. They have provoked the Holy one unto anger; they have grieved the Holy Spirit of God.

Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

They are gone away, backsliden. Backsliders, turning their backs to God and willfully sinning. They left God behind in their seeking the enticements of the flesh and the devil.

Jer 11:10 They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers.

This is also happening today, all over the world. God knows his people and is calling them to repentance. The very fact that God sees and knows what is going on, should cause us to turn to him. Put away pride, envy, anger, lusts and rebellion. Return to your God in the Spirit of meekness, love and truth.

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