A Rebellious People!
Sermon shared by George Dillahunty
Summary: Throughout Jewish history, the Israelites have drifted back and forth between following and obeying Almighty God and being in a state of open rebellion! We seem to be following in their footsteps as a "rebellious people."
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: General adults
About Sermon Contributor
Rev. George R. Dillahunty
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
341 Lovick Lee Road
Oriental, North Carolina 28571-9407
March 21, 2006
Text: Isaiah 30:8-14 (King James Version)
"Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever: (vs. 9) That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord: (vs. 10) Which say to the seers, see not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: (vs. 11) Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us. (vs. 12) Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, íBecause you despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: (vs. 13) Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant. (vs. 14) And He shall break it as the breaking of the pottersí vessel that is broken in pieces; He shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a shard to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit."
Topic: A Rebellious People!
In a paraphrase of the late great French mathematician and philosopher, Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662), "If we let ourselves believe that [mankind, both male and female] began with Divine grace, that [he or she] forfeited this by sin, and that [he or she] can be redeemed only by Divine grace through the crucified [and resurrected] Christ, then we shall find a peace of mind never granted to philosophers. [He or she] who cannot believe is cursed, for [he or she] reveals by [his or her] unbelief that [Almighty] God has not chosen to give [him or her] grace!"
The New Living Translation (NLT), of our Holy Scripture text, for today, reads as follows: "Now go and write down these words concerning Egypt. They will then stand until the end of time as a witness of Israelís unbelief. (vs. 9) For these people are stubborn rebels who refuse to pay any attention to the Lordís instructions. (vs. 10) They tell the prophets, íShut up! We donít want any more of your reports.í They say, íDonít tell us the Truth. Tell us nice things. Tell us lies. (vs. 11) Forget all this gloom. We have heard more than enough about your íHoly One of Israel.í We are tired of listening to what He has to say.í (vs. 12) This is the reply of the Holy One of Israel: íBecause you despise what I tell you and trust instead in oppression and lies, (vs. 13) calamity will come upon you suddenly. It will be like a bulging wall that bursts and falls. In sn instant it will collapse and come crashing down. (vs. 14) You will be smashed like a piece of pottery - shattered so completely that there wonít be a piece left that is big enough to carry coals from a fireplace or a little water from the well."
The prophet Isaiah, the "Shakespeare of the prophets," records Almighty Godís indictment against a "rebellious people" - the characteristic Jewish falling away from the faith! Throughout Jewish history, we find the Israelites drifting back and forth - back and forth - between following and obeying Almighty God and being in a state of open rebellion!
The prophet Isaiah, in Isaiah 1:1-3 (NLT), has this to say: "These visions concerning Judah and Jerusalem came
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