There are some wise words in this passage of scripture and although the message was for rebellious Judah, I think it has great application today. First of all Isaiah starts by saying, “Listen, O heavens! Pay attention, earth! This is what the Lord says.” Isaiah wants us to get it. He is crying out with an important message and it’s vital that we listen. It’s like the father who gets down eye-to-eye with his child and says, “Son, pay attention! Listen to me now.” He’s emphasizing that his next words are important and he wants his son to understand them clearly.
Isaiah goes on to describe a rebellious people. The first offense is that the people do not recognize God. They don’t even see the care that he’s given them nor acknowledge his presence. Even animals respond to their masters, and yet God’s people continued to reject him. Do we respond to God as our master? Do we hear his voice and recognize his care for us? Do we give him praise for his provision in our lives? If not, we may be guilty of the same sin as Judah.
He then asks them how long they’ll continue to invite punishment on themselves. There are consequences to our rebellion and as long as we continue in our rebellious ways, then we will also continue to bear the burden of our actions.
In chapter 1 starting with verse 10, Isaiah gives the word of the Lord. God was tired of their sacrifices and burnt offerings. He said he was sick of them and in verse 13 he even says that their gifts disgust him. That’s powerful language. Why was God rejecting their offerings and prayers? Verse 15 says that their hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims.
Are we guilty of the blood of innocent victims? Perhaps not individually, but collectively our nation is guilty of the blood of millions of innocent victims whose lives are ripped away daily through abortion. We too are a rebellious people.
God says to give up our evil ways. He says to wash yourselves and be clean! We cannot be clean on our own, but through the blood of Jesus, our sins can be made white as snow. Then we are to follow the commands in verse 17, “Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.” This sounds a lot like “love your neighbor as yourself.” (A phrase I found 9 times in scripture). And in verses 19 and 20 we are told to obey the Lord.
God calls us to live in obedience in all things. He desires more than the Sunday Christian. The way we live every day should match the way we live in church on Sunday, in obedience to God. Then our worship will be a sweet aroma to the Lord.
2 Corinthians 10
Who are you boasting in? Are you boasting about yourself or are you boasting about the Lord? Paul makes it clear that when we toot our own horn, it really doesn’t count for much. But oh how awesome to be commended by the Lord! We should work for God with a pure heart and not for recognition among men.
If you’ve had an abortion and need help, please contact your local Crisis Pregnancy Center. There you can find help for post-abortion counseling and needs. If there is not a Crisis Pregnancy Center in your area, you can call Focus on the Family at 1-800-A-FAMILY. They have counselors standing by to help you, and they can send you resources for your particular needs. God is in the healing business, and he loves you. He wants to heal your wounds and draw you to him. He has your little one in his loving arms in heaven.