A Broken-hearted Father

Isaiah 1:1-31

Isa 1:1  The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

Isa 1:2  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.

Isa 1:3  The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

Isa 1:4  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.

Isa 1:5  Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

Isa 1:6  From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment. (The famines, increasing devastation from storms, the droughts that plaque some areas of our land, are because God’s people are not being the salt and light He commanded us to be: see Matthew 5:15; Mark 4:21; Mark 16:15 (doesn’t say go show; says go tell); Luke 11:33. 

Isa 1:7  Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers. (because His people, His children, those who are called by His name, are not walking in obedience to Him)

Isa 1:8  And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. (Daughter of Zion means the apple of God’s eye, the His favorite child)

Isa 1:9  Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.

Isa 1:10  Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

Isa 1:11  To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

Isa 1:12  When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?

Isa 1:13  Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.

Isa 1:14  Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.

Isa 1:15  And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

Isa 1:16  Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

Isa 1:17  Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

Isa 1:18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Isa 1:19  If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

Isa 1:20  But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Isa 1:21  How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

Isa 1:22  Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:

Isa 1:23  Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

Isa 1:24  Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies:

Isa 1:25  And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:

Isa 1:26  And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.

Isa 1:27  Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

Isa 1:28  And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.

Isa 1:29  For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.

Isa 1:30  For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.

Isa 1:31  And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

 Although this was written to the Jews, God’s original chosen people (and still chosen today), this also applies to those of us who claim to be His followers.

God has poured out His blessings upon us. He has heard our prayers, given us every good thing the earth has to offer, given us eternal life, sanctified (set apart for His good purpose) us, cleansed us, forgiven our sins, and how do we treat Him? How do we treat His word?

We live like the world. We compromise, whether out of fear of repercussions, or out of not wanting to give offense, it offends God. We treat His word like a smorgasbord from which we can pick and choose which verses, phrases, commands to live by, and which ones to ignore. Thus the world sees us as hypocrites, people with a shallow religion, a religion with no substance.

 If we want God to hear our prayers, if we want His blessings on our nation, then we need to get back to calling right right and wrong wrong. We are NOT to do this in criticism and judgment, but in love and compassion. That doesn’t mean compromise. It means being a good example to the world around us. We need to show them God’s love but also His holiness.

 Some people will be offended. No one likes being told that they are wrong. People were offended at Jesus too. But if you are not willing to be rejected for His sake, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said, “He that is not with me is against me.” (Matthew 12:30, Luke 11:23). We will either stand for Jesus here, or we will stand against Him and suffer like all unbelievers.

 Warning: Please DO NOT take this as license to harm anyone who is not a believer. Jesus never attacked or condemned the unbelievers. His chastisement (punishment, anger, etc.) was against the religious leaders who made a big show of being better than everyone else. We believers in the triune Godhead are not better. We are just like the unbelievers, but we are saved by God’s grace and mercy, trying to learn to live by His standards so that others will see His love, grace, mercy, and compassion in us and want it for themselves. We need to be salt and light. Live a life that makes others hunger and thirst for what they see in us. Our country will stand or fall, not because of those who don’t believe, but because those of us who do are not being the examples we need to be. Let’s stop listening to the ear-tickling preachers and get down to some teaching and preaching that makes us want to be more like Jesus. Let’s stop breaking God’s heart.

Another Agenda

With the upcoming elections, let’s take a look at something that we aren’t hearing in the news: the plans of the United Nations to turn the entire world into a communistic society. I’m not going to go on and on about this. I’m just going to give you a link here and you can watch the You-Tube videos for yourselves. Once you’ve seen them, think about the candidates we have running for president and which ones are most likely to fall in line with this agenda. There are several videos to watch from the same site: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld

Let’s not hide our heads in the sand. Let’s not be ignorant. Let’s be pro-active in the polls!

Truth or Consequences

Some of us grew up watching the TV show with the above title. It was posed as a question. I really don’t remember much about the show other than that. But there is truth, and living without it brings consequences.

This message is primarily for Christians because we have the responsibility of bringing/taking God’s truth to a lost and dying world.

Fact #1: The devil is real and he has an agenda for us as individuals and for this country, and for the rest of the world.

Fact #2: God also has a plan.

Fact #3: Just as Israel was founded on a contract with Almighty God, Jehovah, so also was the United States of America. The contract was that if we would follow God’s teachings, obey His rules (thus having a RELATIONSHIP with Him), then He would make us a great nation, protect us from our enemies, and bless us far above every other nation (except Israel). Not obeying Him leads to loss of respect in the eyes of the world, great devastation (think years of drought, famine, widespread disease(s) with little or no cure), severe weather at strange times in strange places, with great destruction and loss of life. Evil will become more prevalent as Christianity loses its impact because we become more like the world and less like Christ.

Fact #4: Judgment will come. It will begin in the house of God. Why is atheism growing? Why are fewer and fewer people attending Bible-believing/preaching churches? Answer: because there is so little difference between church-goers and the people who don’t attend church. The world sees us as a bunch of hypocrites, and the world may be right.

Fact #5: God will hold His children, Christians, responsible for the demise of the world when we treat Him like a celestial Santa Claus. “God, just give me what I want. I’ll say thanks and let you know when I need you. Until then, please leave me alone, and let me do my own thing. As long as I pray and go to a church (doesn’t matter what kind as long as the preacher uses a liberal translation of the Bible, and doesn’t say anything that will make me want to change anything in my life), You should be happy.” And God says, “Well, if that’s what you want, that’s what you’ll get. I’ll stay out of your life and you can suffer the consequences. Just remember, you will stand before me some day, and give an account of whether you’ve lived your life for yourself or for me. I love you too much to force myself on you. I have given you my true word (which I sealed and admonished in four different places not to be changed).

The following is a list of verses, quoted and copied in part from my Bible program e-sword (free download:  http://www.e-sword.net/downloads.html) that show God’s feelings when we refuse to obey His word. BTW, Heb_10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  This is not an option. It does not say, do this if it’s convenient, or if you feel like it, or if you think it’s important. If you are able to go to church and refuse to go on a regular basis, you CANNOT be in fellowship with God because you are being disobedient. When you walk in disobedience, you are not in fellowship. It’ simple. When your child deliberately disobeys you, repeatedly, do you have a close relationship with that child?

Here are the other verses: Gen_42:22  And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required.
Deu_1:43  So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD, and went presumptuously up into the hill. Isa_28:12  To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
Isa_30:15  For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
Jer_29:19  Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the LORD, which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith the LORD. Mat_23:37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Luk_13:34  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

Even though these were written to the Jews, the bottom line is, God expects us as Christians, to live in fellowship with Him. Otherwise, what is the point of salvation? If the point of salvation was just getting into heaven, God would have killed us immediately and taken us home to live with Him. He left us here to serve Him (not ourselves).

If you call yourself an evangelical Christian, then you need to be in church, learning more and more about your heavenly Father, drawing closer to Him, being more active in fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ, and supporting missions (evangelizing) and telling others about Him. That’s what it means to be an evangelical Christian. .

Election is approaching rapidly and I am gravely concerned about the future of our great nation. If you are a Christian, PLEASE purchase a copy of the documentary called Agenda (here’s the link: http://www.agendadocumentary.com/      There are two documentaries now, showing and detailing the philosophies, people, and organizations who are deliberately and desperately seeking the demise of this country.  I would also encourage everyone who is on any form of Welfare to see these documentaries.  One other thing I would encourage every Bible-believing person to read is a book and study guide by  Jonathan Cahn: “The Harbinger.” I would encourage all pastors to get the DVD series or the CD’s, or even just the books and hand them out to their members.

I have written this because I love people and I love this country. I am gravely concerned for the future and welfare of both. It is not with criticism or judgmentalism, but rather with great compassion and love that I write these words. Please, dear reader, share this with others. Let’s get God’s message out before it’s too late. Maybe it already is, but we have to try.