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