SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- The focus of judgment this chapter is on the people of Israel.
- The people reduce the laws God had given them to just a set of half hearted rituals. They are just going through the motions now.
- The human leaders are leading the Israelites astray. They are drunk and are trusting their safety to foreign human alliances instead of God.
- The people are set in their sins, with no sign of repentance in sight.
- God uses the Assyrian people as an instrument of punishment against the nation of Israel.
- We see a foreshadowing of Jesus (who is referred to as the "cornerstone") and changes that will take place once Jesus starts his ministry.
- The Israelites have been God's chosen people. Yet even as chosen people that He has cared and interacted with so diligently, they have strayed away from Him.
- We are reminded not to go through half-hearted religious rituals and call that faith in God, but that we are to have a heartfelt real relationship with Him.
- Again we are reminded about not putting our faith in human leaders, but in God.
- Repenting from our sin is a common theme of Isaiah, which means it has to be pretty important to God.
- When Jesus comes... things will change for the better.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- We can see that even God's chosen people had trouble keeping their hearts and minds focused on God. So with our crazy busy lives, we can really relate to their struggle. If it's been awhile since you checked in, maybe take a moment to check in with God. He's always glad to hear from us.
- Are you someone that sees yourself as lost in the religious rituals but don't extend yourself beyond that to pursue a relationship with God? If so, maybe it's a great time to ask God to help you pursue your relationship. If you attend church each week but don't read the bible daily, try implementing reading the bible as a new daily habit. The first week of Verve’s series called That’s Gonna Leave A Mark is a great resource for growing in this area.