Do You Rebel?     March 05, 2006      Isaiah 1:2-5, 11-20


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Introduction

I think most people would not use the word, “rebel” to describe their failure to obey the Lord, but for most that describes it. I have heard many people talk about other’s sins more harshly than they would talk about their own. The lessons title is an appropriate question for us today, Do You Rebel?



1.       Do You Rebel? The . . Charge of Rebellion. 1:2-5


A.      Listening . . to the Charge of Rebellion. 1:2

2 Listen, heavens, and pay attention, earth, for the Lord has spoken: AI have raised

children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against Me.


B.      Listing . . of the Charge of Rebellion. 1:3-4

3 The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master=s feedingBtrough, [but] Israel

does not know; My people do not understand. @ 4 OhCsinful nation, people weighed

down with iniquity, brood of evildoers, depraved children! They have abandoned the

Lord; they have despised the Holy One of Israel; they have turned their backs [on Him] .


C.      Lengthening of the . . Charge of Rebellion. 1:5

5 Why do you want more beatings? Why do you keep on rebelling? The whole

            head is hurt, and the whole heart is sick.


            When the Lord brings the charge of rebellion it is a serious matter. The Lord

calls heaven and earth to listen to His charges, and then He lists them. If the people of Israel

continue to rebel they will lengthen the expression of judgment from the Lord. The same

is true for all rebellious people today.


 

2.       Do You Rebel? The . . Communication of Rebellion. 1:11-15

A.        Communication of . . Phony Sacrifices. 1:11-12

11 AWhat are all your sacrifices to Me?@ asks the Lord. AI have had enough of

burnt offerings and rams and the fat of wellBfed cattle; I have no desire for the blood of

bulls, lambs, or male goats. 12 When you come to appear before Me, who requires this

from youC [this] trampling of My courts?


B.        Communication of . . Prescribed Festivals. 1:13-14

13 Stop bringing useless offerings. I despise [your] incense. New Moons and

Sabbaths, and the calling of solemn assembliesC I cannot stand iniquity with a festival.

14 I hate your New Moons and prescribed festivals. They have become a burden to Me; I

am tired of putting up with [them] .



C.        Communication of . . Prayers Rejected. 1:15

15 When you lift up your hands [in prayer] , I will refuse to look at you; even if

            you offer countless prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.


            How would we like someone suggesting our worship practices were phony?  Then add to that the Lord Himself is making the statements. It seems to me that makes this communication even more serious. The Lord does not like their prescribed festivals. The communication relates the Lord desires no festival in His honor that really does not honor Him.  How much so-called worship in America proceeds to exalt mankind and not God? The Lord tells the people He does not desire to hear their prayers. What a criticism!

 

 

3.       Do You Rebel? The . . Cure from the Lord. 1:16-17

A.        A Cure Offered Through . . Cleansing. 1:16

16 AWash yourselves. Cleanse yourselves. Remove your evil deeds from My

            sight. Stop doing evil.


B.        A Cure Offered from . . Corrections. 1:17

17 Learn to do what is good. Seek justice. Correct the oppressor. Defend the

            rights of the fatherless. Plead the widow=s cause.


    Praise the Lord a cure is offered. The cure calls for personal action that will bring cleansing. This is in the form of repentance as the text says. “Remove your evil deeds from  My sight. Stop doing evil.” Repentance, if sincere, will be followed by acts that correct past sins. If a person’s lifestyle has been rebellious, and that person repents, then his/her actions will demonstrate the corrections made.


4.       Do You Rebel? The . . Choice Offered by the Lord. 1:18-20

A.        A Choice of . . Conversation. 1:18a

18 ACome, let us discuss this,@ says the Lord.


B.        A Choice of . . Cleansing. 1:18b

A. . . Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow;

though they are as red as crimson, they will be like wool.


C.        A Choice of . . Commitment. 1:19

19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land. 


D.        A Choice of . . Condemnation. 1:20

20 But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.@

For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.


    God is willing to discuss reasonably with rebellious people. The agenda of discussion must be sin, and for many that stops the discussion. Now God tells of the cleansing He alone gives; the kind that removes the redness of sin. Did you know if you take a red cloth and look through a red class of the same color the red cloth looks white? The blood of Jesus cleanses

our sin, and God sees us as white as snow. When one is cleansed the commitment results in many good things. However condemnation waits for those who remain in their rebellion. We certainly do not want to answer “yes,” when asked. Do You Rebel? Amen? Amen!