December 29, 2015

Isaiah 1:10-20

This chapter opens finding our Holy God, judge of all the earth, calling the heavens and earth as witnesses against Judah. He indicts them as a sinful nation, burdened down with iniquity. They are rebellious against God, refusing to submit to his authority and rule. The indictment is severe as the Lord God calls them a brood of evildoers who have forsaken him and turned backward.

Their sin has provoked God to anger. He reminds them that even farm animals know their masters and obey them.

The Lord God takes the actions of Judah very personal for he refers to the fact that he loved them and nourished them as children, yet they became corrupt children. Even though Israel is divided into two kingdoms, the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah, the indictment appears to be aimed at the priests, prophets and leaders of Judah.

Isaiah goes on to proclaim that even with further preaching and exhortation, the people would still revolt and refuse to repent of their sin. (The same sun that melts the wax hardens the clay.) Some hear God’s Word and receive it gladly with repentance and faith while others continually harden their heart in rebellion and reject him. Judah is in a dangerous place, for the Bible says, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).