Tuesday, 5th April 2022
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-15 No Longer the Same
God is love and He is interested in responding to the people He loves. God wants to interact with us but a lot of time we don’t see it and we don’t hear it. V2-3 ‘Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the Lord has spoken: I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me; the ox knows its owner and the donkey its master’s crib; but Israel does not know, my people do not consider.’ Everyone is seeking love, but everyone seeks it differently. We must see God’s Wonderful Works in our loves, He has already created and prepared everything we need, but are we really seeing and listening to Him? Instead, we rebel against Him, and we make something else our god instead of the One True God.
V4 ‘Alas, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a brood of evildoers, children who are corrupters! They have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel, they have turned away backward.’ When was the last time we come to God without a list? We also want God to do this and to do that for us, but we forgot to simply enjoy the presence of God, we have turned away from God. We focus on ‘doing’ and ‘rules’, yet we cannot see the love of God and how much He wants to build an intimate relationship with us. Our hearts are full of judgement and criticism, because we have not experienced the love of God.
V9 ‘Unless the Lord of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been made like Gomorrah.’ God’s love has never changed, but people have changed and became different from when we were first created. He does not want us to focus on working hard because He does not need us to do anything for Him, but He wants us to show our willing heart and to respond to His love by action. We work hard not because we have to but because we love Him.
V11 ‘To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me? Says the Lord. I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs or goats.’ God does not need anything from us, but by offering we show our attitude towards Him. He is always watching and waiting. Do we give thanks offering when God gives us the opportunity to serve Him? When we learn to give thanks, we will be restored to the image God has first created us to be, we will be more joyful and thankful, and we will have more ability to carry out the work of God.
V14-15 ‘Your New Moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.’ When we realise our attitude is not right, we must make it right in front of God and in front of people. Be willing to repent and return, admit our sins, and make it right with God wholeheartedly. Every time when we pray and when we come before God, we must come with the fear and trembling, to be serious about every opportunity we can serve God and we can come before Him.
Section Two V16-20 Quickly Return
V16-17 ‘Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.’ Again and again, God reminds us to preach the Good News. This also responds to Isaiah 61, where we received the Mark of God and the Authority of God to go out for Him.
Section Three V21-31 God will Intervene
V21 ‘How the faithful city has become a harlot! It was full of justice; righteousness lodged in it, but now murderers.’ We become murderers when we don’t share the Good News to others. Because we block the way for them to eternal life. We must treasure every opportunity we are given to guide people on the right path with the Word of God and His Teachings.
V27-28 ‘Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and her penitents with righteousness. The destruction of transgressors and of sinners shall be together, and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed.’ God is still at work, do we willing to be the good and faithful servants? Let go of what we are holding onto tightly, stop being the murderers, let us fish for people, disciple the nation, and let the Good News spread to the end of the earth!
以赛亚书 1 – 无神的世代
V2b-3 我们是否能先神后人再大地？还是“悖逆”我们的神？这个月是穆斯林的斋戒月，他们用一个月的时间去禁食祷告、亲近他们的“神”，甚至会为了他们要守的节期而从工作中请假，而我们呢，是否对主有这样的热情，是否愿意在周日的时候为主分别为圣？我们不以神为神，不去想起神，以为靠自己就可以 成事，这就是“不认识…不留意”我们的神。我们是否愿意在做事前先花时间与神沟通，是否在自己熟悉的工作和日常生活中可以感谢神、看到神的爱？我们渐渐的再不一样，从一开始对神有如“热恋”般的爱到后来只剩下doing的模式。