Born to be Wild?
Truth or Myth?
Isaiah 1:2-4 (KJB) “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. 3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. 4 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.”
The source of Isaiah’s message is clear: the LORD hath spoken. God’s message was I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. The children were the house of Judah and to a greater extent, Israel. God had cherished them as a nation and blessed them in every imaginable way. However, they had turned their backs upon their God.
God through the prophet thus uses the following illustration. Verse 3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. Even a beast such as an ox or a donkey knows its master. But Israel was willingly oblivious to their God, neither did they care. The indictment of God against His people is therefore summarized.
The prophet, therefore, addresses his own people. “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.”
Isaiah uses three illustrations to describe his sinful nation.
- They were people carrying great iniquity.
- They were a generation of evildoers.
- They were corrupt.
The prophet uses three more descriptions to characterize his people.
- Worst of all, they had forsaken Jehovah their God.
- They accordingly had provoked God to anger. Noteworthy is the phrase, “the Holy One of Israel.” Apart from two references to this title in the Psalms, Isaiah is the primary source thereof. Of the thirty times, it appears in Scripture, twenty-seven of them are found in Isaiah. (Jeremiah uses the phrase once.) Indeed, Jehovah God is the Holy One of Israel. He is holy altogether.
- Finally, the prophet charged his own people for having “gone away backward.” They had backslidden from their God.
One of the truths that we must learn to accept is that we are not born to be wild. Our responsibility is to learn what God has planned for our lives and to fulfill that plan.
What does the Bible say about Rebellion?
1 Samuel 12:14-15 (KJB) “ If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God: 15 But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers”
Proverbs 17:11 (KJB) “An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.”
Jeremiah 28:16 (KJB) “Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the LORD.”
Judgment brought upon the rebellious.
Isaiah 1:19-20 (KJB) “ If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.”
Rebellion grieves the Spirit.
Isaiah 63:10 (KJB) “But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.”
People who rebel say that God doesn’t care.
Malachi 2:17 (KJB) “Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?”
Rebels will explain something away and reject the truth.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 (KJB) “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables”
Do not rebel against the Word of God.
Proverbs 28:9 (KJB) “ He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.”
Psalm 107:11 (KJB) “Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High”
What we see today!
2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJB) “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 (KJB) “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”
We are all guilty what do we do?
Isaiah 53:6 (KJB) “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Romans 10:10-11 (KJB) “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed”
Romans 10:9 (KJB) “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
Acts 2:21 (KJB) “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Psalm 34:18 (KJB) “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”
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