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Synopsis of God Has Had Enough
Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite…. We’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the word of God.
Each Sunday have fed you a slice of the bread of life…. But, today will serve you an entire loaf. want to talk about the entire first chapter of the book of Isiah.
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 want you to think, not about the Israelites but about the Americans….. reflecting on the thought ….. “Is this a message from God to us, today as we get started on the series of coming messages on the seven mountains of culture or perhaps better yet – thy kingdom come, thou will be done,on earth, as it is in heaven ?” We’ll begin with verse 1, the rebellion of god’s people
Isa 1:1 These visions concerning Judah and Jerusalem came to Isiah 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 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 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 their present….. Is he speaking to us about our past, our present and 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, Pharacees, etc.)
9 If the Lord almighty had not spared a few of us, we would have been wiped out as completely as Sodom and Gomorrah.
The next prophecy from Isiah is that God has had enough, which is the title of today’s message….. God Has Had Enough.
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 money…. 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. want nothing more to do with them. 14 hate all your festivals and sacrifices. 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.
15 From now on, when you lift up your hands in prayer, will refuse to look. Even though you offer many prayers, will not listen. For your hands are covered with the blood of your innocent victims. Yes, some raise hands to pray or praise, some fold them together, and some just sit on them….. But what are we doing with these hands the rest of the week? 16 Wash yourselves and be clean! Let me no longer see your evil deeds. Give up your wicked ways. 17 Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the orphan. Fight for the rights of widows.
How did the Israelites, in the temple, in the desert, wash themselves? In the outer court, that is outside the church, they went to the laver to wash both their feet and their hands before entering the holy place. What was the laver made of? Bronze. Why? Bronze was the looking glasses of that day, they had no glass mirrors. So when they washed their hands and their feet of what they have done and where they have been…. They had to look at themselves in the face.
Well folks, maybe we need to reason this out. I didn’t say that…… He did.
Isa 1:18 “Come now, let us argue this out,” says the Lord. “no matter how deep the stain of your sins, can remove it. can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, can make you as white as wool. 19 if you will only obey me and let me help you, then you will have plenty to eat.
Oh, brother dick, we have a lot to eat…….. Yes, today we do. Have you been keeping up with the news….. I’ll say no more.
But as always God has an “if then statement” for us. We just read it….. If you will only obey me and let me help you, then you will have plenty to eat.
Careful…. Don’t go away yet…. He hasn’t finished his statement.
20 But if you keep turning away and refusing to listen, you will be destroyed by your enemies. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
Lord….. to whom are you speaking.. The Israelites or Americans? Well………… lets read on and make up our own minds to that. The next passage is titled….”Zion Corrupted, to be Redeemed.”
21 See how Jerusalem, once so faithful, has become a prostitute. Once the home of justice and righteousness, she is now filled with murderers. 22 once like pure silver, you have become like worthless slag.
I had the opportunity to watch silversmiths purify silver to make fine jewelry. They melt the silver in a ladle over a hot flame. As the silver heats up the top becomes coated with slag or dross. This is the impurities in the silver. They skim it off and throw it away. Each time they skim the dross the silver, still under heat of the torch, becomes more brilliant
God is, in verse 21, talking of his faithful or pure people having become only dross. He continues describing the nation.Once so pure, you are now like watered-down wine.
Don’t we all brag about and long for the “ good old days” without all of the worldliness of this day. Before our 8 and 10 year olds experimented with drugs, young teens were too modest to expose their bodies on cell phones, men of god preached his word for the joy of serving him rather than for the lively hood, we could see movies that were decent and family oriented.
23 Your leaders are rebels, the companions of thieves. All of them take bribes and refuse to defend the orphans and the widows.
I won’t mention all the names that come to my mind. The news media blares them out all day long.
24 Therefore, the Lord, the Lord almighty, the mighty one of Israel, says, “I will pour out my fury on you, my enemies!
What did he call them…… or us?…… Enemies.
Oh, father God, don’t desert us, please.
So what does he say about this prayer?
25 I will turn against you. will melt you down and skim off your slag. will remove all your impurities. 26 Afterward will give you good judges and wise counselors like the ones you used to have. Then Jerusalem will again be called the home of justice and the faithful city. 27 because the Lord is just and righteous, the repentant people of Jerusalem will be redeemed.
Oh Lord….. not just Jerusalem…. how about us.
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