Quote:- (Henry H. Halley)”Isaiah was a prophet of the southern kingdom of Judah, at the time the northern kingdom, Israel, was destroyed by the Assyrians. . . we may tentatively place his active ministry at about 745 – 695 BC.”
What does the text say? – Isaiah had Visions of God during the reigns of Uzziah, Jothan, Ahaz, and Hezekiah in Judah. God said the Israelites had rebelled against Him, forsaken Him and provoked His anger, but He had allowed a small remnant to remain in the land. God asked what the purposes of their sacrifices was, saying they gave Him no pleasure at all. He told the people to stop taking meaningless gifts to Him as they are sinful, a burden to Him, not a pleasure. God said He would not listen to their prayers, for their sins were many, the people must stop doing evil and learn to do good. Eg. seek justice, help the oppressed, defend the fatherless and plead for widows. The Lord said that though the people’s sins were scarlet He would wash them as white as wool. If His people obeyed Him they’d have plenty to eat, but if they rebelled against Him they’d die in battle. Jerusalem had become an evil place but the Lord of Heaven’s armies would turn against them, would remove all impurities and give good counsellors and wise judges and those who repented would be righteous, but sinners will be completely destroyed.
Application? – Am I fully aware of the Holiness of God, or do I regard Him as an amiable ‘Father Christmas’? Does my ‘worship’ of God come from my heart or does He regard it as meaningless? Could what I ‘do for God’ be a burden to Him? Does God pay as much attention to my prayers as I do to Him? Would I be wise to repent? Do I obey God or rebel against Him while give the outward appearance of being a ‘good Christian’? Do I go to Christian meetings mainly to meet with God or other people?