Isa 1:1 The 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.
Isaiah – saved of God, in the safety of God
Amoz – strength
Uzziah – God is my strength
Jotham – God is perfect
Ahaz – possessor
Hezekiah – whom God has strengthened
Judah – praised
The vision is concerning Judah and Jerusalem, however, the house of Israel is not mentioned as concerning them.
Isa 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
This message is for all of our Fathers creation to observe/witness
Isa 1:3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
consider – to distinguish mentally, to think about it fully
Animals instinctively know their safe harbor, their home and resting place. Why does God’s chosen people not know their savior?
Isa 1:4-5 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
Why should these people be allowed to mature to full uselessness/evil?
Isa 1:6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
From the least of you to the foremost, there doesn’t even appear to be anyone in their presence who desires to dress the wounds. Is there no one worth salvaging?
Isa 1:7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
Even as your inheritance is consumed by strangers, you stand by and do nothing to prevent it. (What a good description of Israel today! We not only let congress, the supreme court, etc. ruin and rape our inheritance, but we have actually installed them into office and watched from the sideline while they do it!)
Isa 1:8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
The ‘daughter of Zion’ is left as the remainder of an empty/abandoned vineyard. As a ‘lodge’ in a garden full of hard cucumbers (from a word which means basically ‘hards’), as a city surrounded by evil molesters just as the residue(the few remaining undefiled) of Sodom were besieged with sodomites calling for their defilement.
The ‘daughter of Zion’ represents the remaining hopeful and faithful of all Israel. Zion is representative of Jesus and the ‘daughter of Zion’ His true and faithful followers.
The abandonment of justice and truth by the majority always leads to the persecution/molestation of those who strive to remain pure. Our educational system is an example of such a degeneration. The students are mentally and emotionally prepared for indoctrination into the system where physical or spiritual molestation is inevitable.
Example: Homosexuality becomes accepted into society. They, after a while, ‘begin to’ defend(exert) their ‘rights’. Then they can command equal opportunities in all walks of life, teaching for example. Once in the classroom, they claim discrimination whenever any resistance to their personal ideals(lifestyles) are presented to the classroom. As a result, acceptance and celebration of the gay lifestyle is mandatory training at some point. Eventually, invitation or forced indoctrination into that life style can be expected and should, at minimum, be welcomed even if in refusal. And finally, without tolerance for justice and truth nor respect of fellow man, Sodom and Gomorrah are established.
If you don’t believe that such is already our condition today, just watch how quickly this page will be removed until the author’s ‘lack of tolerance’ (once discovered) is amended(beaten down)!
Isa 1:9 Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
Except for our Father’s mercy, the residue would have been given over to the crowd of spiritual rapists which so many of the people have immersed themselves in. In the modern day nations of Israel, the continuing existence of this remnant is likely delaying the wrath against the worldwide Sodom and Gomorrah. Void of such a remnant, destruction is eminent (just as happened with Sodom and Gomorrah).
Isa 1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
Judah and Jerusalem are called Sodom and Gomorrah by Isaiah.
Isa 1:11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.
They no longer sacrifice for reason of their regret for their sinfulness. Instead they sacrifice as though they think that our Father is hardly more than a meat hungry animal whom they are kind enough to feed. Wow! How could they have gotten it so backwards, as though our Father is needful of their charity offerings.
Isa 1:12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?
They show up at the church as though it were required of them to do so or as though they are somehow honoring God in doing so.
Isa 1:13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and Sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
They have completely churchified the whole process of seeking the Truth of our Father. Their ceremonials become meaningless and lifeless zombie ceremonials. How painful it must be. How embarrassing His children are!
Isa 1:14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
I am tired of your programmed routines. It is lifeless and loveless. Our Father deserves no less than the type of love we seek for ourselves.
Isa 1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
This is a horrible situation for sure! How can we ever get our Father to relent from this saying once He has fulfilled it? The only way I can think of is to be truly repentant and seeking forgiveness and hoping that He will forgive. And the only way that I can see being truly seeking forgiveness and repentant is to be aching in the heart. And if there is no aching of the heart, then is the spirit numb or absent?! How does one repair a numb or absent spirit without our Father sending the spirit and delivering us from a hardened heart seeing as He has hidden His eyes and covered His ears from our prayers?
Isa 1:16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
The last verse is scary and this verse holds the answer which is the Grace of God through Faith.
Isa 1:17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
learn – learn, exercise
‘Learn to do well’ – If you don’t know how to do well then seek to learn. Otherwise, exercise those things you’ve learned! Strive on behalf of those who are in need of help.
Isa 1:18 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.
“… reason together” – It’s not like we will reprove God, so this means that He is willing to show us truth where we are lacking but we must seek correction and accept it.
Isa 1:19-20 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
And out of the mouth of the LORD issues Truth, so believe this verse and act on that belief.
Isa 1:21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
Without consistent exposure to judgement and righteousness, the people will soon become as dead in spirit. Those who exercise poor judgement are as killers to the souls of those who count on such.
Isa 1:22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:
You cannot mix the pure with the impure and expect the people to remain unaffected by the contamination.
Isa 1:23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
rewards – or bribes
cause – strife, controversy, dispute
Isa 1:24-25 Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies: And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:
God will remove those who have no desire for Him. He will purify Israel.
Isa 1:26-29 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city. Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness. And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed. For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.
They shall turn back to the LORD. They will be ashamed of the ‘oaks’ (leaders) which these wicked people have chosen.
Isa 1:30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.
These people will be as a dried up oak and a dried up garden. They will one day altogether wither away.
Isa 1:31 And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.
Both the stiff necked and those who taught them no better will burn and be consumed as flax in a fire.
While this vision is describing the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem in the days of those kings of verse 1, there is a lot to be learned from their experience. Verse 2 shows that our Father intends all of His creation to observe this lesson and that applies to us today as well.
Just look around you today and see the degeneration of our society and it’s secular vision. Have a look at all of the laws being written and enacted around the world and see how increasingly confined peoples freedom to rely on anything other than the established system.
Relying on anything other than our Father is, at it’s core, degenerative. If you don’t believe that, ask yourself how well the leaders that the people have chosen to represent them have done their ‘job’. In fact the first thing that they do is legislate safeguards which necessitate their continuing roles and to strengthen those roles so as to bring remedy against anyone who doesn’t concede their freedoms if not willingly conform. The United Nations is exceptionally good at wielding their influence outside of their playground. And yet, they’re are not a body elected by the common people but are mostly appointed into position. Internally, they now form and elect their own governing bodies to the detriment of the entire world that recognizes their authority. When was the last time you elected representatives to the UN? The people you elected create and sustain/maintain this body of evil.
We created government for our own pleasure and that creation of ours has taken our resources, gifts, trust and sacred belongings and thought to promote themselves and each other above us and they have stuck their finger in our eye as they presume to be our lords and our worthy benefactors. It’s despicable and yet ironically familiar.
The degradation begins when people select themselves as rulers. Unwittingly they position themselves standing in the place of God and claiming authority.
Matthew 22:36-40 makes things pretty simple.
1) Love your Father will all your heart, soul, and mind.
2) Love your neighbor as yourself.
If everyone observed these two simple rules, what other laws would we need and what use would we have for presidents, congressmen, military, police officers(on and off duty) and other asphalt commandos, human gods and goddesses(human idols), etc.?