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A Rebellious People Test the Patience of God


Sermon shared by David Hallum

January 2008
Summary: How close are we, as a nation or a church, to Israel in Isaiah’s day?
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
A Rebellious People Test the Patience of God
Isaiah 1.1-31

Rebellious children test the patience of their parents. Rebellious students test the patience of their teachers. Rebellious citizens test the patience of their government. Rebellious people test the patience of their teachers.

Thesis: How close are we, as a nation or a church, to Israel in Isaiah’s day?

I. The Vision to the Rebellious People 1-9
A. Isaiah Identified 1
1. The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz
2. Which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem
3. In the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
B. The Culprits Identified 2-9
1. The LORD speaks to his rebellious children 2
a. The ox knows its owner And the donkey its master’s crib 3a
b. But Israel does not know, My people do not consider." 3
2. The LORD identifies the wicked 4
a. A sinful nation 4a
b. A people laden with iniquity 4b
c. A brood of evildoers 4c
d. Children who are corrupters! 4d
e. They have forsaken the LORD 4e
f. They have provoked to anger The Holy One of Israel 4f
g. They have turned away backward. 4g
3. The LORD asks, “Why should I bother with you?” 5-7
a. Why should you be stricken again? 5
(1) You will revolt more and more. 5a
(2) The whole head is sick and the whole heart faints. 5b
(3) From the sole of the foot even to the head, 6a
(4) There is no soundness in it, 6b
(5) But wounds and bruises and putrefying sores 6c
(6) They have not been closed or bound up 6d
(7) They have not been soothed with ointment. 6e
b. What about your country? 7
(1) Your country is desolate! 7a
(2) Your cities are burned with fire! 7b
(3) Strangers devour your land in your presence! 7c
(4) And it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers! 7d
C. The Rebellion Identified 8-9
(Look at these five similes that God uses to describe Israel)
1. So the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard 8a
2. As a hut in a garden of cucumbers. 8b
3. As a besieged city. 8c
4. We would have become like Sodom 9a
5. We would have been made like Gomorrah. 9b
II. The Warning to the Religious Imposters 10-15
A. The Warning to “Sodom” and “Gomorrah” 10-12
1. The Word 10
a. Hear the word of the LORD You rulers of Sodom
b. Give ear to the law of our God, You people of Gomorrah
2. The What 11
a. To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?"
b. I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle.
c. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, Or of lambs or goats.
3. The When and the Who 12
a. When you come to appear before Me, 12a
b. Who has required you to trample My courts? 12b
B. The Dire Commandment 13-15
1. Bring no more futile sacrifices 13a
2. Burn no more incense— is an abomination to Me. 13b
3. Balance 13c
a. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies
b. I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.
4. Bearing 14
a. Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates
b. They are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them.
5. Blood
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