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Synopsis of God Has Had Enough
We’re about to we’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the Word of God.
Each Sunday I have fed you a slice of the bread of life…. but, today I will serve you an entire loaf. I want to talk about the entire first chapter of the book of Isaiah.
But first lets discuss what the book of Isaiah is all about. Isaiah was known as the evangelical prophet who gave the fullest and clearest exposition of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The first 6 chapters of this book what we might call his first three sermons on rebuke and promise. It involves the Israelite believers, nurtured on the old testament and who enjoyed the privileges of access to God, and yet, they are shown to be inherently in sin. It also establishes that they cannot save themselves, but are in need of a Savior.
As we proceed with his exhortations I want you to think, not about the Israelites but about the Americans….. Reflecting on that thought ….. is this a message from God to us, today? We’ll begin with verse 1, the rebellion of God’s people. ISA 1:1 These visions concerning Judah and Jerusalem came to Isaiah son of Amoz during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah – all kings of Judah. 2 Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! This is what the LORD says: ‘The children I raised and cared for have turned against me.’”
Is he referring to killing of innocent infants, keeping God out of schools, eliminating His name from government, the MERCHANDISING of God’s word. Lets continue….
3 Even the animals – the donkey and the ox – know their owner and appreciate his care, but not my people Israel. No matter what I do for them, they still do not understand.” 4 Oh, what a sinful nation they are! They are loaded down with a burden of guilt. They are evil and corrupt children who have turned away from the LORD. They have despised the Holy One of Israel, cutting themselves off from his help.
They did what to themselves?….. cut themselves off from his help
5 why do you continue to invite punishment? Must you rebel forever? Your head is injured, and your heart is sick. 6 You are sick from head to foot – covered with bruises, welts, and infected wounds – without any ointments or bandages. 7 Your country lies in ruins, and your cities are burned. As you watch, foreigners plunder your fields and destroy everything they see.
In this, God is speaking to their past and present….. Is he speaking to us about our future….. Country in ruin…. Cities burned…. foreigners plundering and destroying.
8 Jerusalem stands abandoned like a watchman’s shelter in a vineyard or field after the harvest is over. It is as helpless as a city under siege.
That sounds like their watchmen have abandoned them! Who were their watchmen?…… soul leaders? – their government?…. spiritual leaders? – their denominations? (Saducees, Sharacees, etc.)
9 If the LORD Almighty had not spared a few of us, we would have been wiped out as completely as Sodom and Gomorah.
The next prophecy from Isaiah is that ~God Has Had Enough, which is the title of today’s message.
ISA 1:10 Listen to the LORD, you leaders of Israel! Listen to the law of our God, people of Israel. You act just like the rulers and people of Sodom and Gomorrah. 11 “I am sick of your sacrifices,” says the LORD. “Don’t bring me any more burnt offerings! I don’t want the fat from your rams or other animals. I don’t want to see the blood from your offerings of bulls and rams and goats. 12 Why do you keep parading through my courts with your worthless sacrifices?
But bro. Dick….we don’t sacrifice animals any more. O.K. So what do we sacrifice? One hour each Sunday…… a paltry 10% of our income…. maybe a Christmas or Easter visit to the church family reunion….
13 The incense you bring me is a stench in my nostrils! Your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath day, and your special days for fasting – even your most pious meetings – are all sinful and false. I want nothing more to do with them. 14 I hate all your festivals and sacrifices. I cannot stand the sight of them!
Matthew Henry concordance says this about this passage….
Judea was desolate, and their cities burned. This awakened them to bring sacrifices and offerings, as if they would bribe God to remove the punishment, and give them leave to go on, in their sin. Many who will readily part with their sacrifices, will not be persuaded to part with their sins. They relied on the mere form as a service AS THOUGH IT WAS deserving a reward. The most costly devotions of wicked people, without thorough reformation of heart and life, cannot be acceptable to God
My friends, we in America cannot continue to be pious on Sunday and allow what is happening in our country the rest of the week.
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