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August 29, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

Isaiah 1 (ESV)

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.

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth;
    for the Lord has spoken:
“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.”

Ah, sinful nation,
    a people laden with iniquity,
offspring of evildoers,
    children who deal corruptly!
They have forsaken the Lord,
    they have despised the Holy One of Israel,
    they are utterly estranged...Continue Reading

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  1. Starts with exposing sin of individuals and the people
    There is a genuine mourning about the self directed sin
    There is a need for a purging so there can be again a worthy people

  2. 18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
    though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
    though they are red like crimson,
    they shall become like wool.
    19 If you are willing and obedient,
    you shall eat the good of the land;
    20 but if you refuse and rebel,
    you shall be eaten by the sword;
    for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

  3. The prophets certainly at times foretell the future, but more often they forth tell the Word of God and call the people of Israel to return to the God of the covenant. That is what Isaiah is doing in this 1st chapter. He exposes their wickedness in graphic and stern ways, but usually in relation to what it shows about their relationship with God. They have forsaken and forgotten Him. Unlike the ox, they don’t know their master. And He even talks about the good things they do, the religious practices they have maintained but outside of it being done with a heart for God, God despises them. They do wrong by God and the people God holds most dear: the widows, the fatherless and the oppressed. And yet God still calls them to come back to Him and He will forgive their sin and wipe them clean.

    May we/I not follow in their pattern but always pursue the person of God as well as obeying Him in the way we live.

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