Summary: Do you have an experience of having something awesome in your hand given by God Himself which would bring healing, blessings and deliverance but none are ready to receive it, though. That’s the picture here!
Zero Knowledge of God!
Isaiah 1:2 Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth; For the LORD speaks, "Sons I have reared and brought up, But they have revolted against Me.
ZERO KNOWLEDGE OF GOD
Zero audience: The book of Isaiah starts with a bang - ‘the vision of Isaiah’, the entire 66 chapters of this book is based on this one line of God’s vision to Isaiah which he was supposed to say to the people at a time when the people had already turned away from God. None are ready to hear out the visions given by God to Isaiah; therefore, prophet Isaiah cried out ‘Listen O heaven and hear O earth’ now with no audience to hear him, he cried out to heaven and earth. Do you have an experience of having something awesome in your hand given by God Himself which would bring healing, blessings and deliverance but none are ready to receive it, though. That’s the picture here!
Friend, aren’t we in a situation like that today? In the midst of this pandemic situation when the corona virus had not yet gone away and not been eradicated, while the world is waiting for vaccine, people have already gone back to normal life: building houses, marriages, dating, vacationing, shopping, dining, cinemas and what not –God is last in their agenda or never at all. Talk shows have taken to zoom, reality shows of guffawing for nonsense has started, none are ready to hear the voice of God but Isaiah was none going to be hushed or shut, he would prophesy anyway. Say Amen.
If God has given you a burden to start a prayer cell in your office, early morning prayer, team prayer, Bible study, worship session, tuition classes, whatever, don’t quit because you do not have an audience. Obey, start, do your part of the job and wait for God to do His work, which He would do, say Amen. In the year 2011, September 11, we had taken an independent house on rent, made a banner that said’ Abide School’ and we had the opening prayer. The next day I took the keys and went alone to open the door of the school (I called it) expecting children to come in the queue to join because it was free; however, there was no noise. I had to sit there not for one day but for several days wondering what I am supposed to do. We then printed pamphlets and distributed, after which 4 children joined, we got to be ready to stand firm and steady when you have NOTHING in front of you. Today it is a full-fledged, English medium school, recognized by the Government of Telangana catering to the poor and orphaned children of our community. Stay immovable!
B)ZERO KNOWLEDGE OF GOD: Isaiah 1:3 "An ox knows its owner, And a donkey its master's manger, But Israel does not know, My people do not understand."
The ox and the ass are probably selected as the least intelligent of domesticated animals, have we not heard phrases like” don’t be an ass, don’t stand like a cow”, alas, even these dumb animals recognize their master but the people of God do not understand and know their GOD. We can see the frustration and almost literally feel the tears of God. Can you? As a principal running a free school for the poor in our community in Hyderabad, I have watched the tears of many parents who had invested their all for their children but only to find them wicked and careless. The children of God and the Christian community is nothing better today, they want money, house, marriage, children, fridge, AC, good night sleep but do not want to lift little finger for God. Shame! I write this portion after preaching at our zoom night prayer, which had very scanty crowd, the Christians had gone to sleep after eating chicken curry, because God had protected them from Corona virus. How grateful are they for the goodness they received from Christ?'
Apostle Paul said: Colossians 1:10”That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God..” In the above scripture we see Apostle Paul praying one of his wonderful prayers for the believers to: a) walk worthy of the Lord, b) please Him in all our ways, c) being fruitful in every good work and d) increasing in the knowledge of God. Observe the words of Paul, he does not say, ‘grow in the knowledge of the Lord’, but he prays, ‘increasing in the knowledge of God.’ This should surely wake us!
There are Christians who read the Bible from morning to evening, yet, their knowledge of God and His ways are very little. We would not be fighting, quarreling, cheating, gossiping, scheming evil plan against each other if we have knowledge of God who said: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”(John 13:34)