“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 1, “A Rebellious Nation,” lV

Christian Living

“Something About The Name Jesus,” Kirk Franklin, (Rance Allen)

Prophecy – A Message or Prediction (What Will Happen In The Future)  From God

Prophesy – To Foretell, Expound, And Interpret The Message From God

Prophet/Prophetess – God’s Spokesman (or, person), Divinely Called Minister  

Prophetic – To Speak From God’s Perspective of what will Happen In The Future 

Dross – Scum Skimmed From The Surface of Silver 

Idolatry – Worship Of/To Any Created Object or Person Instead of The True Creator, God.   

“A Rebellious Nation,” lV, Isaiah 1:16) Wash You, Make You Clean; Put Away The Evil Of Your Doings From Before Mine Eyes; Cease To Do Evil;  Jeremiah 4:14.  17) Learn To Do Well; Seek Judgment, Relieve The Oppressed, Judge The Fatherless, Plead For The Widow.  18) Come Now, And Let Us Reason Together, Saith The Lord:  Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet, They Shall Be As White As Snow; Though They Be Red Like Crimson, They Shall Be As Wool.  Micah 6:2.  19) If Ye Be Willing And Obedient, Ye Shall Eat The Good Of The Land:  Deuteronomy 28:1.  20) But If Ye Refuse And Rebel, Ye Shall Be Devoured With The Sword:  For The Mouth Of The Lord Hath Spoken It.  Titus 1:2.  

 Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v16-18, Reason together means “to come to a legal decision.”  The people were to come to an agreement with God about the enormous gravity of their sin.  God was prepared to Pardon their sins if they would Repent and Turn To Him.  Says The Lord;  The verb form suggests a Repeated Offering of Grace.  Scarlet recalls the picture of “hands … of God’s Blood” (v. 15).  God’s Grace and Power can make such bloodstains as white as snow (Romans 3:21-26).   v19, 20, There was another side to God’s Offer.  If the sinful people did not repent, instead of The Promise they shall eat the good of the land (3:10) stood the threat that they shall be devoured by the sword.  The Promise and the threat were certain because The Lord Had Spoken Them.  Here the verb Has Spoken indicates finality (contrasts the verb says in v. 18).  While God Had Graciously Extended His Offer Of Mercy over a significant period of time, this was the only offer God Made.  They could not “cut another deal” with Him (40:5; 55:11).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v16-20, Not only feel sorrow for the sin committed, but break off the practice.  We Must Be Doing The Good The Lord our God Requires.  It is plain that the sacrifices of The Law could not Atone (Make Good).  But, Blessed Be God, there is a Fountain Opened, In Which sinners of every age and rank May Be Cleansed.  Though our sins have been as scarlet and crimson, a deep dye, a double dye, first in the wool of original corruption (Adam and Eve) and afterwards in the many threads of actual transgression; though we have often dipped into sin, by many backsliding’s; Yet Pardoning Mercy Will Take Out The Stain, Psalm 51:7.  They should have all The Happiness and Comfort they could desire.  Life and death, good and evil, are set before us.  O Lord, Incline All of Us To Live To Thy Glory.    

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