God is angry! Why (Is. 1:4)? To disobey is to invite punishment (1:5). Genuine praise goes beyond praying and on to serving people (1:17). A vision of the Lord's future reign in the most important place on earth (2:2-3). God promises glorious restoration to Israel (4:2-6).
The God of Creation chose the Israelites to reveal Himself as the One True God and later as God in the flesh (Jesus Christ) (Jude 1:25) and the Written Word to all nations (John 1:1-14). It must have been with deep sorrow that God led Isaiah to say: Hear . . . and give ear . . . for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib (manger): but Israel doth not know. . . . they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward (turned away from Him) (Is. 1:2-4). Isaiah recorded how the Lord had chosen and provided for the Israelites, only to have them turn against Him by worshiping idols. The Lord lamented that even the animals He had created knew who their Master was, but the sinful Israelites refused to recognize their responsibility to their Creator.
Like our Heavenly Father, it must have been heartbreaking for King David, the great prophet Samuel, and godly King Josiah of Judah, when their children were rebellious and did not obey the Word of God. The Lord has provided His written Word which, through the guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit, will teach us how to experience deliverance from guilt and the condemnation of sin and the joy of forgiveness.
Many godly parents are heartbroken when they see their children turning from the Lord. Like our Heavenly Father, they too feel sorrow over children who are uncommitted to the Lord, to reading the Bible, or to regular worship in a local church. Whether or not our children succeed or fail in their earthly goals, by comparison, it is of little eternal consequence, for only their spiritual achievements will bring true success and eternal rewards.
Isaiah was called to comfort those who were faithful to the Holy One (40:1). Isaiah prophesied of a coming King who would reign in righteousness and peace over children who had returned to Him. When the Messiah returns, many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the House of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the Law, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem (Is. 2:3).
Thought for Today:
The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy (Num. 14:18).
As the One who will judge the nations (Is. 2:2-4). The Lord Jesus Christ . . . shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing (II Tim. 4:1).
1:13 vain oblations =worthless sacrifices offered by hypocrites; 2:12 day of the Lord =the coming judgment upon the unfaithful as well as the time of rejoicing for the faithful; 3:18 cauls, and their round tires like the moon =headbands bejeweled with sun and moon ornaments; 3:22 crisping pins =money bags or purses; 3:24 stomacher =rich robe; 4:4 blood of Jerusalem =Jerusalem was guilty of killing innocent prophets.
Pray for our Military worldwide • International Broadcasts for August sponsored by Mary Hoffmeyer • Staff: Benjamin Wallace • Government Officials: Rep. Rick Boucher (VA) and Rep. Sue Myrick (NC) • Country: Syria (17 million) in southwestern Asia • Major languages: Arabic and Kurdish • Limited religious freedom for Christians • 90% Muslim; 4% Eastern Orthodox; 2% Roman Catholic; .25% Protestant • Prayer Suggestion: Delight in the Word of God; prayerfully meditate upon it for daily guidance (Ps. 1:2).
Optional Reading: Hebrews 9
NOTE: Bible Pathway covers the Old Testament with devotional and commentary insights over a nine-month period, January through September. Each day during these months, an optional reading of one chapter a day from the New Testament will also be listed. The October, November, and December issues will provide a daily commentary on the New Testament readings. Thus, the reader goes through the New Testament twice each year using the Bible Pathway plan.
Memory Verse for the Week: 2 Corinthians 4:11