Isaiah 1:1-9 – SOUND FAMILIAR?
As we study the prophets, we notice that many of the problems that Judah or Israel had were similar to the problems that we have in our country today. God’s opening indictment of Judah is also an opening indictment against us! What God says about Judah should sound familiar, because it is true of us.
A TENDER GOD – Vs. 2
This is a courtroom scene! The heavens and earth are called into witness. God tenderly raised Israel, and Israel rebelled. God has tenderly raised us by giving us so many blessings, and we have rebelled. Think of all the blessings that God has given us personally and our country. Doesn’t He deserve more devotion than He receives?
A TREACHEROUS PEOPLE – Vss. 3-8
They had forgotten – Vs. 3 – The ox and donkey know who take care of them. Israel forgot that God took care of them. We forget that it is God who cares for us.
They had forsaken – Vs. 4 – Israel left the Lord. Look around you. What evidences are there that we as a nation have also left the Lord?
They had fallen – Vss. 5-6 – They were under judgment, being disciplined, and still didn’t respond. Look at all the things that have happened to this country, and yet people will not repent.
They had foreign influence – Vss. 7-8 – Israel was besieged by enemies and often conquered. Today in our churches foreign religion and false doctrine often conquer us.
A TINY REMNANT – Vs. 9
The Lord left Israel with a faithful remnant. Without that remnant they would have been destroyed like Sodom and Gomorrah. God always has a remnant of those who are faithful to Him. Let us make sure that we are a part of that remnant