When I read the bible, I try to imagine the strain and the anger in God’s voice when he addreses his people. When he is addressing them in Isaiah 1, it is out of love, but like an irritated Father who is trying to reason with his kid who has been drinking underage or has been out partying with the wrong people for too long. He just wants them to reason with him and stop it, and turn back.
In verse 3, in the last line, God says that “my people do not understand”. They know God, but even with everything He has done for them, and continues to do, they still cannot grasp that they are leading sinful lives and that they aren’t living the lives they should be living. The Israelites do not see that they aren’t happy, that they are not being true to God.
4 “Ah, 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.”
Is that not what we are doing now? In America? But we do not know that we belong to God, that He wants us to turn from our ways. We have become like Israel, with a little less focus and knowledge of God than the Israelites did in their time.
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-“
We continue to live the way we do. We are sinful. We do not want to admit our wrongs.
In this verse, you can tell clearly that God just wants them to turn back and to understand that they do not Have to live that way anymore. He doesn’t understand why they are just going on and on injuring themselves. Removing themselves from him. Being lukeworm.
God is still persistent. Though his chosen people are wavering and practically gone from him, He is still trying to hold onto their slipping fingers and show them his love.