Obsessed with Isaiah: Chapter 1 ~ Choose Wisely

24 Dec

 

2013-12-30 10.34.20In chapter 1, God speaks to Judah through His prophet, Isaiah, about the choices they’ve made–choices we can make as well.

…The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.  v. 3

To know means to know experientially, not just intellectually.  And to understand means to show oneself discerning and consider diligently.  Further, in v. 4 God says that His people have despised the Holy One of Israel.  It sounds–and is–terrible when we read about it and I know I immediately begin to judge the people of Judah, but the better choice is to ask God to investigate my heart and give me a spiritual check up. Am I taking the time to know Him experientially?  To seek Him diligently?

Our choices lead to consequences.  Always.  Since our God is a God of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th chances, He offers us the opportunity to be changed:

Come now, let us reason together says the Lord:  though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.  v. 18

Do you hear the love?  The hope of change? To reason together literally means to stand in the sunshine together.  It means to bring our sin to the light.  To be convicted of our sin so we can turn from it.  If we do not choose to reason with God, He will mercifully do what it takes to humble us and bring us back to the path of righteousness.  He says,

I will turn my hand against you and will smelt away your dross as with lye and remove all your alloy.  And I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning.  Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city. v. 26

Selah.

 

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