My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Isaiah 1

Sinful nation

Summary:
God's children have rejected him. Even animals know their owner - but not Israel!
Stupid nation. You're down and out! Stop fighting God. All our cities are ruined. Luckily God left some of us alive...
God hates all your pointless religious activities; the offerings and the festivals. God's not going to listen until you sort your lives out, and help those who need it.
God is making a deal with us! He will wipe the slate clean if we just do what is right now.
We used to be beautiful, but now we're just slutty. Our leaders are useless.
So God is going to go on a purging rampage. He'll restore us to the time of the judges, and return us to our former glory.

Key verse:
18. Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.

My thoughts:
Well here we are in the prophets. In some ways they are the most significant parts of the old testament with regard to Jesus.

Sometimes it's easy to get lost in the prophets, and they often seem to be saying the same thing over and over again with weird images. We're going to try to avoid getting lost!

The message here is simple. Israel has turned away from God and is not in a good state. God will punish and purify, and restore Israel. Notice God's restoring action, rather than he destructive action in this case. Christians would hold that Israel restoration is ultimately through Jesus, whose mission was to restore Israel.

Also notice God's rejection of the religious sacraments of Jewish life. Though these were instituted by God within Judaism, they were always secondary to righteousness and a real relationship with God. Without those things first, the religious activity is pointless.

9 Comments:

Blogger Dave said...

Speaking of war and prophets...

7:28 am

 
Blogger Dave said...

p.s.

junjunjunJAH!

7:55 am

 
Anonymous Mark said...

Speaking of war and profits...

10:55 am

 
Anonymous Deane said...

Thank goodness you are getting onto some sensible stuff, instead of all that SMUT.

2:17 pm

 
Blogger Pete W said...

Filthy smut!

Took me a while to figure out what you were on about! There now 5 Halos coming out in the next year or 2. Halo 3, Halo 2 PC, Halo Movie, Halo Wars, and Lord of the Halos... I have a feeling that they're wanting to get money out of us...

5:23 pm

 
Blogger Dave said...

I hope Lord of the Halos is just the name you've made up?

Halo 3 I can't imagine going wrong. Halo Movie could be good or bad. Halo Wars probably won't suck and could actually be quite good. And Peter Jackson's game? Not enough info.

junjunjunJAH!

9:53 pm

 
Blogger Pete W said...

Lord of the Halos is the PJ game.... well... it's my name for it...

10:25 pm

 
Blogger Dave said...

p.s. last post

1:44 pm

 
Blogger Pete W said...

I'll last your post...

1:52 pm

 

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