July 17, 2010
Rebellious Nation By Elder Burdette Thomas
I would like to take our study this week from Isaiah 1:1-4. “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. 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. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. 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.”
God is trying to teach us a lesson in these verses of scriptures. That it does not pay to rebel against Him. There was a time in the nation of Israel God had provided for them. It seems that each time God took care of them that they would complain. Each time this would happen God would punish them. These people were use to God taking care of them that they began to feel like we can do what ever we want to and God will provide. God was so good to the nation of Israel . Just like He has been good to America.
The nation of Israel had got to a point in their lives that the Lord said they had forgotten Him. God used natural things to give us a lesson. He said the ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib. If you have ever had animals you know that they know you. Animals know who tends to them. Cows know when you start to the barn that it is time for them to be milked. You can go to the crib for the horse feed and pretty soon the horse will know that he is going to get feed.
It is sad that we have come to a day when God the one that created all things has been shut out of schools. No longer are our children allowed to pray in the class room. But it is ok for drugs to be sold at our schools. It is ok for sex to be taught but don’t teach anything about the Bible. People what have we come too. Our nation was founded on IN GOD WE TRUST. I guess it was good enough for back then, but it will not do for the day in which we live.
People I have seen many changes in my life time. Some I have been very shocked to see happen. Some you would never have dreamed of. We sit around and wonder why our great country is in the shape she’s in, when all I can say is if you rebel against God what is there left. People God has been good to us. He has given His Son to die for our sins. That alone should make us serve Him. We live in the greatest country in the world. We have the freedom to worship God like we want too. If we desired we could go to church ever night of the week. There are churches on ever corner. The Bible was given to us that we might read and study and that we might see where the nation of Israel made their mistakes and you and I not make those.
Why can’t we just follow our Lord and let Him take care of us. People what is our world coming to when they are wanting to pass a law that you can carry a gun to church. I don’t understand this so maybe someone can help me with it. I tell you what there has been a lot of changes over the years, but I am glad that I am serving a God that never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. The world can change but that doesn’t mean we have too. We can be like Joshua, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.
Yours in Christ
Elder Burdette Thomas