Memory Text: “ ‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the LORD, ‘though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool’ “ (Isaiah 1:18, NKJV).
The children of Israel had forgotten their identity, they forgot they belonged to God, unlike a small boy who gets separated from his mother and recognizes the mother at the sight of her, the children of Israel did not recognize who God was to them.
In what way did the Israelites lose their identity?
By rebelling against God by sinning, they had lost their identity and hence forgotten who their owner was (Isaiah 1:3)
Why does the Lord reject His people’s offering to Him?
Their offerings were rejected simply because the hands that offered them were “full of blood”, that is guilty of violence and oppression to their fellow (Isaiah 1:15). These sacrifices were instituted by God (Leviticus 1-16) and were meant to be in the context of faithfulness to God and anything aside that cannot be accepted.
What were the people of God expected to do to be reconciled back to God?
They were to learn to do good, seek justice, rebuke the oppressor, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow (Isaiah 1:17).
What does God do to reconcile them back to Him?
He offers them forgiveness, by so doing they would see the need to purify themselves of their sins.
Why are there only two choices (to eat or be eaten) that have to be followed without compromise?
This same format has used throughout the bible, it was similar to the scenario in Moses’ time which was about life and death (Deuteronomy 30:19,20). It is only good and bad, whatever is not good is bad and whatever is not bad is good, and God is good, so if God makes any conditional promises, they are for good, and the conditions must be adhered to, in contrast not abiding by those good conditions will incur the bad side and since it is only good and bad, there is no compromise. Also, God is one, and His character is One, He never changes or compromises, so whatever He says must be carefully followed.
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Why by His statement in Isaiah 5:4, “What more was there to do for my vineyard than I have done in it?”?
This shows that God does not just cut Us off once we go astray because He understands how deceptive sin can be, rather He does everything possible, He waits patiently for Us, He offers Us forgiveness, He gives Us chances, and still show Us His mercies and goodness.
God is ever-willing to reconcile Us back to Him. Even if we forget Him, He is always ready to forgive us and draw us back to Him. One of the ways HE does this is by pointing out our condition, remind us of the destructive consequences of our rebellion and urges us to allow Him to heal and cleanse Us. I pray that We never lose our identity for any reason, for God is always faithful to Us, and will never forget us too in Jesus’ name.