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Discipline and Deliverance View video
Isaiah 1:21 - 1:31
21. See how the faithful city has become a harlot! She once was full of justice; righteousness used to dwell in her-- but now murderers!
22. Your silver has become dross, your choice wine is diluted with water.
23. Your rulers are rebels, companions of thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow's case does not come before them.
24. Therefore the Lord, the LORD Almighty, the Mighty One of Israel, declares: "Ah, I will get relief from my foes and avenge myself on my enemies.
25. I will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities.
26. I will restore your judges as in days of old, your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City."
27. Zion will be redeemed with justice, her penitent ones with righteousness.
28. But rebels and sinners will both be broken, and those who forsake the LORD will perish.
29. "You will be ashamed because of the sacred oaks in which you have delighted; you will be disgraced because of the gardens that you have chosen.
30. You will be like an oak with fading leaves, like a garden without water.
31. The mighty man will become tinder and his work a spark; both will burn together, with no one to quench the fire."
Reflection
A Fallen City (1:21–23)
When God created mankind, He designed us to exist in perfect harmony with Him and all of creation. But sin deceived us into giving up this paradise and corrupted our hearts to desire the things of this world over God Himself. This disastrous fall from grace is repeated here in the city of Jerusalem. God raised her up to be a faithful and righteous city, but she now prostitutes herself to idols and murders those she is meant to protect. All of her blessings have been made worthless, and the leaders who were meant to be examples of righteousness are instead models of depravity. It is a scathing indictment that highlights the contrast between God¡¯s intentions for His people and the gruesome reality of a sin-ravaged world.

Restored Righteousness (1:24–31)
Much of Isaiah¡¯s prophecy details God¡¯s judgment against His people, and as we read through chapter after chapter of doom and destruction, it is important that we keep in mind the ultimate purpose of His discipline. God will indeed turn His hand against His sinful people, but the fire of His wrath is intended to burn away the dross of their sin and purify them. He does not want to destroy the Israelites; He wants to preserve and restore them to be the faithful and righteous community He intended them to be. Although God disciplines His people, He also promises that He will restore the city¡¯s leaders. Those who are stubborn in their rebellion will perish, but those who respond to His judgment with repentance will be redeemed.
Application
- Reflect on your life and consider how far you have strayed from God¡¯s original intention. How can you realign your thoughts and actions with God¡¯s desires?

- Have you ever experienced a strong reaction of disgust over a past or present sin? What brought about that reaction?
A Letter to God
The Unreached (joshuaproject.net)
People Name: Sindhi Muslim
Country: Pakistan
Primary Religion: Islam

The Nations
Although Christianity is currently the world¡¯s largest religion, the Pew Research Center has projected that the global population of Muslims will likely surpass the number of Christians by 2075. The rapid growth of the Muslim population is partially because of high fertility rates. Pray that Christians would not neglect the importance of family and raising godly children and would continue to preach the Gospel to their Muslim neighbors.