THEME: Effect of Rebellion
PASSAGE: Isaiah 1:1-15
HYMN: MHB 353 JUST as I am, without one plea
MEMORY VERSE: Isaiah 1:13 “Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.”
Isaiah reminded us as he did the Israelites of this day that mercy and grace are not the whole stories with God. God is holy. He really cares about the way we treat one another. Because God loves us so much, He is determined that we be the best we can be and that we experience the joy He knows that comes from holy living.
God gave to the children of Israel laws concerning sacrifices, ceremonial purity and the moral standards by which they were to live, just to govern them and to be obedient to Him. God dwells in the Tabernacle in the midst of their camp. This placed the children of Israel in danger of being destroyed if they did not approach the Lord properly or live in a sinful manner.
The sacrificial system and purity laws allowed them to approach the Lord properly, and the morality laws defined for them God’s standards for their behaviour, as well as the penalties for various sins.
God is loving, merciful, kind, gracious, patient, longsuffering, but sadly enough, they went astray. Though holy, righteous and just, sin cannot continue in His presence without His judgment coming upon the unrepentant sinner. That is still true today. God lamented that His people failed to know Him, even when animals know their owners. One thing that angers a father is for his son to be disobedient to his will and commands. Israelites have become a seed of evildoers and had made God be angry. They are a rebellious nation and God is no longer interested in their sacrifices to Him. He would no longer hear their prayers until they repented.
Can we learn from this too?
1 Samuel 15:22 says rebellion is like the sin of divination, which attracts losing the privilege of enjoying the presence of God (Deut 18:10-14). Beloved in Christ, let us abstain from our rebellious acts so as not to receive the wrath and destruction from God on earth and also in heaven. Let us obey God’s commandments, living a purified life and be perfect as He is.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, please forgive me for all my rebellious acts, write my name down in the book of life, through Your Son, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

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