[Today’s post by my pastor, Scott Moore. To read more from Scott, check out his blog here.]
Isaiah 48: 1-22
Whenever my mom would yell “Edwin Scott Moore!” I knew I was in trouble. As fearful as I was going to her at those times she called for me by using my full name, knowing I had done something wrong like tormenting my little brother, I always seemed to live and was still loved by her.
God addresses the Israelites, not by the name Israel (governed by God) but refers to them as descendants of Jacob (deceivers) and then says you are just like your sinful dad…Judah.
Why this address? Because though they called themselves citizens of the Holy City and claim to rely on God…they didn’t walk with Him or follow His lead. And it was for this very reason they were in captivity. But God, for His namesake, freed them from captivity…because they had been refined by suffering.
He then said to them…
17This is what the Lord says—
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you what is best for you,
who directs you in the way you should go.
18If only you had paid attention to my commands,
your peace would have been like a river,
your well-being like the waves of the sea.
19Your descendants would have been like the sand,
your children like its numberless grains;
their name would never be blotted out
nor destroyed from before me.”
Because of their rebelliousness, God disciplined, and like a good Father, he drew them back in and taught them the lesson and showed them His grace by sending a Redeemer. He then freed them and told them to be sure and proclaim how good He is to the world!
This chapter begins with discipline and ends in grace. Or maybe better yet, begins with the grace of discipline and ends with the grace of freedom.
Through discipline they were drawn back to God and then experienced His freedom…His redemption.
I am so thankful for Jesus who has taken my punishment for sin and paid my debt. I am also thankful for the grace of discipline (Hebrews 12:5-11) which draws me back to the Father and teaches me how truly good He is.