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.”
Isaiah was a prophet in the Old Testament who lived his life 700 years before the birth of Christ. Isaiah is regarded as one of the greatest prophets in the Old Testament because of his foretelling of Christ. The best know prophesy from Isaiah would be 7:14:
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Isaiah 1:2-3 attracted me because of it’s reference to people rebelling against God because of their arrogance. Isaiah writes that the people, who have been given this gift of life, now rebel against God. God has given life to man, brought Israel out of bondage, removed those intent on destroying Israel, given them judges and kings. God has given them all of this and prosperity and yet they turn to idols and false gods.
Why did they do this? They did it because they were arrogant. They felt they were above God. They had their expectations and if God doesn’t fit their expectations then they will make up their own gods to suit their needs. They will make up their own gods with their own set of rules. Rules that fit their needs and expectations.
Then and now we fail to see what is within our midst. We look so intently at worldly things and desires, and fail to see God within us. We fail to put God in our hearts.
Isaiah refers to the dumb animals. These animals who have not been given the higher intelligence that God has given us, the higher intelligence we fail to use. These animals know what is going on, they see what is happening. They have no expectations of how things should be. They don’t covet or have worldly desires.
The animals’ minds are not clouded by who thinks what about whom. They don’t care who has the best bridle or yoke. They don’t care about who has the nicest stall, and they don’t complain about the work they have to do. They don’t over think the situation and assess how does this make them feel. They aren’t offended or feel they have been wronged and seek revenge.
They know, here comes Enoch and he is the source of our food and shelter. They know what is expected of them and they know the consequences of their actions. It doesn’t matter how they feel about it, they know it’s just how it is and they deal with it. Right, wrong or indifferent they deal with it, every day.
I’m not suggesting we are to be herded like cattle and just go along with whatever man tells us. God had given us the ability to know right from wrong. God has given us the means to live a righteous life. Being righteous certainly doesn’t mean you go along with what everyone else tells you to do. Being righteous requires you to let God into your heart and make the decision to do what you know is right in your heart, no matter how unpopular.
Isaiah is saying you have to realize the world does not revolve around you. God’s job isn’t to make you feel good about yourself. It’s not to buy you a car, TV and a warm bed. God’s job isn’t to take care of you and make your life carefree. That’s just a fairy tale sent to you by men who want something from you.
The world is full of evil and the world is full of good. God has given us the ability to deal with all of it in a righteous manner. It doesn’t always go for us and it doesn’t always go against us, it just goes.
It’s up to us and no one else, to make the best of our lives. It’s not up to our parents, our teachers, our clergy and most certainly our politicians. God is the provider of the ability for us to feed and shelter ourselves. But we have to do it. Through righteousness we can do it, but it takes work.
As I stated earlier, sometimes it goes for us and sometimes it goes against us, but it all balances out.
When we, through our arrogance feel it should be different, then we rebel against God, we deny God and sin. Then we suffer the consequences and spiral more and more into denial until we commit the greatest sin. We waste our lives.
Isaiah tells us how the dumb animals realize the consequences to their actions and adjust accordingly. Yet we highly intelligent creatures just keep banging our heads against the wall and curse God for it.
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