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Come Now, Let Us Settle the Matter

Date: Sep. 26, 2017

Passage

Isaiah 1:1-23  (ESV)

1The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

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.

3The ox knows its owner,

and the donkey its master’s crib,

but Israel does not know,

my people do not understand.”

4Ah, sinful nation,

a people laden with iniquity,

offspring of evildoers,

children who deal corruptly!

They have forsaken the Lord,

they have despised the Holy One of Israel,

they are utterly estranged.

5Why will you still be struck down?

Why will you continue to rebel?

The whole head is sick,

and the whole heart faint.

6 From the sole of the foot even to the head,

there is no soundness in it,

but bruises and sores

and raw wounds;

they are not pressed out or bound up

or softened with oil.

7 Your country lies desolate;

your cities are burned with fire;

in your very presence

foreigners devour your land;

it is desolate, as overthrown by foreigners.

8And the daughter of Zion is left

like a booth in a vineyard,

like a lodge in a cucumber field,

like a besieged city.

9 If the Lord of hosts

had not left us a few survivors,

we should have been like Sodom,

and become like Gomorrah.

10Hear the word of the Lord,

you rulers of Sodom!

Give ear to the teaching of our God,

you people of Gomorrah!

11 “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?

says the Lord;

I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams

and the fat of well-fed beasts;

I do not delight in the blood of bulls,

or of lambs, or of goats.

12“When you come to appear before me,

who has required of you

this trampling of my courts?

13Bring no more vain offerings;

incense is an abomination to me.

New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations—

I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.

14Your new moons and your appointed feasts

my soul hates;

they have become a burden to me;

I am weary of bearing them.

15When you spread out your hands,

I will hide my eyes from you;

even though you make many prayers,

I will not listen;

your hands are full of blood.

16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;

remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;

cease to do evil,

17learn to do good;

seek justice,

correct oppression;

bring justice to the fatherless,

plead the widow’s cause.

18“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:

though your sins are like scarlet,

they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red like crimson,

they shall become like wool.

19 If you are willing and obedient,

you shall eat the good of the land;

20but if you refuse and rebel,

you shall be eaten by the sword;

for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

21How the faithful city

has become a whore,

she who was full of justice!

Righteousness lodged in her,

but now murderers.

22 Your silver has become dross,

your best wine mixed with water.

23Your princes are rebels

and companions of thieves.

Everyone loves a bribe

and runs after gifts.

They do not bring justice to the fatherless,

and the widow’s cause does not come to them.

Daily Bread

Introduction to Isaiah

Key Verse: 1:18

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:

though your sins are like scarlet,

they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red like crimson,

they shall become like wool.

1. My people have rebelled (1-17)

Isaiah spoke during a time of national decline in Israel, but the main problem he dealt with was a spiritual one. The real problem in Israel was that God's people were in rebellion against the Lord. They turned their backs on the Lord and invited judgment on themselves. Though animals like oxen and donkeys know their masters, Israel rebelled against her Maker and became a nation without understanding.

2. Let us settle the matter (18-23)

To the rebellious nation God sent the invitation to come to him to have their sins forgiven. This is true obedience that leads to forgiveness and life. The Lord invited his people to be made new. But if they persisted in their rebellion, they would be devoured by the sword. Coming to the Lord out of our sin and rebellion is the hope of life for sinners.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for coming to me with your word of forgiveness. Help me to come to you as I am, settle the matter of my sin with you and be made new.

One Word: Come to the Lord

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Daily Bread

Come Now, Let Us Settle the Matter

Isaiah 1:1-23 

Key Verse: 1:18

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:

though your sins are like scarlet,

they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red like crimson,

they shall become like wool.

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