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A Vision from the LORD View video
Isaiah 1:1 - 1:9
1. The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
2. Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth! For the LORD has spoken: "I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me.
3. The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner's manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand."
4. Woe to the sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.
5. Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted.
6. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness-- only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil.
7. Your country is desolate, your cities burned with fire; your fields are being stripped by foreigners right before you, laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.
8. The Daughter of Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, like a hut in a field of melons, like a city under siege.
9. Unless the LORD Almighty had left us some survivors, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah.
Reflection
A Father¡¯s Sorrow (1:1–4)
The first few verses of the book of Isaiah introduce the theme that runs through the entire prophecy: the rebellion of God¡¯s people and His judgment against them. All of heaven and earth are witnesses as the LORD brings His case against Judah. Though this indictment is filled with the righteous anger of a great Judge, it also holds the deep sorrow of a loving Father. God looks upon His people like a parent whose heart breaks at the sight of his children who have rejected his love and are headed down a destructive path. When we spurn our identity as children of God, we also turn our backs on His mercy and protection. It is because of His love that He sometimes takes drastic measures to call us back to Him.

Hope for the Afflicted (1:5–9)
Another theme that recurs throughout the book of Isaiah is hope in the midst of desolation. Here, the prophet first paints a bleak picture, comparing Judah to someone ravaged with disease—covered in sores with no relief in sight. The country will be burned, stripped, and laid waste. In verses 8–9, however, we see a glimmer of hope: the LORD will leave some survivors. Destruction will be severe, but not absolute, for God will not forget His promises to His people. In the person of Jesus Christ, we see the manifestation of this hope. He is the Suffering Servant who took on the injuries, affliction, and wounds we deserved so that we could be saved.
Application
- Have you ever willfully rebelled against God? How did He call you back to Himself?

- Have you ever experienced affliction because you rebelled against God? How did this experience make you more thankful for the work of Christ?
A Letter to God
God, I confess that my heart is prone to rebel against You. When I begin to stray from You, please do whatever it takes to draw me back into Your loving arms. Thank you for Your Son, in whom I place my hope. In His name. Amen.