Indictments and Hope: Isaiah 1:3 – Vain & Worthless Claims

How quickly our lives could reveal that we have forgotten our God.

How easily you could end up demonstrating that your claim of loyalty and affection is worthless and vain.

  • Would even a dog demonstrate more loyalty and affection to its master than you do to your God?

Isaiah 1:3

The ox knows its owner,

and the donkey its master’s crib,

but Israel does not know,

my people do not understand.” (1)

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(1) The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016. Print.

Gospel Reminder for Isaiah 1:3 – Vain and Worthless Claims (Indictments and Hope – Isaiah 1)

The Gospel Reminder for Isaiah 1:3 Vain and Worthless Claims

The Gospel reminds us that no matter how many times I am less loyal than an animal, repentance and reconciliation and a renewed relationship with my Redeemer are just a moment away.

  • When – by God’s grace – my life has been exposed as consisting of vain and worthless claims of loyalty and affection to God – then I have the promise of verses like 1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Gospel Reminder for Isaiah 1:2 – God’s Rebellious Children and My Own (Indictments and Hope – Isaiah 1)

The Gospel Reminder for Isaiah 1:2 God’s Rebellious Children and My Own

The Gospel reminds me that no parenting failure will keep my child from being saved and there will be no parenting success to which I can point as the reason why my child is saved.

Salvation is God’s work. God uses means – such as willing, godly, parental influence and responsibility – but He will be glorified, not I.

  • Therefore, I am free from what people might think of me – whether ill or good, and instead I get to walk in faithfulness – by God’s daily mercies – before an audience of One. What can man do to me?

Indictments and Hope: Isaiah 1:2 – God’s Rebellious Children, and My Own

If even God had children who rebelled then why am I surprised when my child rebels?

  • Instead when my children sin – not if, but when –  I’d rather have God’s help remembering His unrelenting pursuit of my own soul.
  • This reminder – by God’s grace, of his grace – will give fresh confidence that He will accomplish all His purposes. (Is. 46:10)

Therefore, if it’s true that God will accomplish all His purposes, then – with God’s help – I will pray for the salvation of my children.

  • If I know God is able (2 Cor. 9:8, Eph. 3:20) to accomplish all His purposes and that no one can thwart Him, then I pray with fresh confidence that God will totally conquer my child’s heart.

Isaiah 1:2

“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.” (1)

Gospel Reminder (click HERE)

(1) The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016. Print.

Delight: A High Degree of Pleasure

Psalm 1 says that the person who is “blessed” is the person whose “delight is in the law of the LORD.”

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines “delight” – in noun form – as:

1. A high degree of pleasure, or satisfaction of mind; joy.

His delight is in the law of the Lord. Psalms 1:2.

2. That which gives great pleasure; that which affords delight

I was daily his delightProverbs 8:30.

DELIGHT is a more permanent pleasure than joy, and not dependent on sudden excitement. (1)

In the entry for the word in The Complete Word Study: Old Testament (WSOTDICT) says:

The root idea is to incline toward something. (2)

QUESTIONS FOR APPLICATION: 

  1. What do you delight in?
    1. What gives you “a high degree of pleasure, or satisfaction of mind” or “joy”?
  2. When you have free time, what are you “[inclined] toward”?
  3. When your choice is not God’s Word (or helpful resources that expound and explain God’s Word, as a secondary option), what is going on in your heart at that moment?
    1. For example, do you choose something else because you believe you deserve to chill-out for a while and relax?

What do you think? Would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave them in the comments below.

(1) Webster, Noah. “Webster’s Dictionary 1828 – Delight.” Websters Dictionary 1828, webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary/delight.
(2) Baker, Warren, and Eugene E. Carpenter. The complete word study dictionary: Old Testament 2003 : 365. Print.