TEXT: Isaiah 1:18-20

TIME & PLACE: 13/04/08 ELBC






INTRO: You have probably heard me quote this verse I have read this morning on more than one occasion since I have been here. This verse has always been very special to me. I am sure that somewhere or somehow I had read or came across it or it was even quoted to me before the time I received Christ. The reason I say that was because on the night that I was saved this verse echoed through my head as nothing else could. I was confronted with a Holy God and was asked to come and reason together with Him. (Let me say this I am glad I did)

   Now I understand completely that this passage in context is God talking through the Prophet Isaiah to His people pleading with them to come back to a relationship with Him. However I also feel that the truth of this verse and an application can be transferred to the believer today. God speaks many times to lost and saved alike to “come and let them reason together.” I want to this morning look into 3 verses in the midst of this chapter that stand alone as God is pleading for someone to hear Him and “reason together”.

   Now I don’t know the situation of each and every individual in here this morning, but the Lord does. I don’t necessarily want to say that this morning’s message will be that of salvation, although it is definitely contained within these verses we will look at. I also don’t necessarily want to say that the message is for saved folk either, but it is in there. I just want us individually as I preach to look at what it is that God may be saying to each and every one of us out of this passage of Scripture.  

   I want to briefly this morning take 3 verses out of chapter One of Isaiah and see what all of us in here this morning can get from it. I realize this message may be a bit different than the exegetical type that I do, however I feel we can glean something from this passage this morning for all. To get us into the thought of what is transpiring I want to cover some aspects of the chapter leading up to these 3 verses. First I notice ...

* The REBELLION vs2-3 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. 1:3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

* The REVOLT vs4-6 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. 1:5 Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. 1:6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.

* The RUINS vs7-8 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers. 1:8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.

* The RULERS vs10-11 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. 1:11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

* The REBUKE vs12-17 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? 1:13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. 1:14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. 1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. 1:16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 1:17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

   Which leads us to the one I want to look at more closely this morning ... The REASONING vs18-20 God now tells them that He wants to REASON with them to discuss in total what He is willing to do if they (we) are willing to listen. With that being said I want to Preach on this thought this morning ...”A PROPOSITION FROM GOD” God proposes a “deal” If I can use that terminology. His desire is to REPAIR and RESTORE what has become REVILED. I want to look a little more closely at The WHAT, The WHY, The WHEN and The WHO of this Proposition that God gives them ... (US) today. First I see ...


I.                  THE URGENCY OF IT vs18a “Come now”




Note: God in His infinite mercy sees us where we are at. He knows all that we have done to get to where we are at. He reminded me Feb27, 1993 of just about as much stuff as I could possibly handle that night. But the main thing that echoed through my mind and heart that night was the URGENCY at which God was trying to get my attention. I truly had come to the realization that the running and the games were over It was time to turn before the real troubles came.

Appl: Let me ask you this ... has there been a time in your life where there was an urgency to get saved? If not today God may be urging you to come NOW! If you are saved He may be urging you to get some things out of your life and have a fresh walk with Him. Either way ... don’t wait ... come NOW.


II.               THE UNDERTAKING OF IT vs18b “let us reason together”

A.     IT’S DONE BY A CONVERSATION “reason together”


Sins Color (scarlet/Crimson) - Snow/Wools Cleanness

Note: I think it interesting that this is the same color of Christ robe they placed on Him before He was crucified bearing our SINS.

Mat 27:28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.


Note: Listen one of the hardest things to do is come clean and “reason” with God. Most of us are just like Adam.... ”we hid ourselves” We run, we hide and we try and explain to ourselves that everything is ok when it really isn’t. The problem is we won’t look at it the way God sees it. I am afraid sometimes in my own life I don’t want to see it the same way God does. Listen it ain’t just the sinner that needs to Undertake some reasoning, but also the Saint.

Appl: When is the last time you and God had a pointed Conversation and He Compared the sins in your life and asked you to commit them to Him so He can take care of them and not you?


III.           THE ULTIMATUM OF IT vs19-20a

A.     WILLING and OBEDIENT “ye shall eat the good”

B.     REFUSE and REBEL “ye shall be devoured”

Note: God gives us a very simple yet profound Ultimatum in His Proposition. I am reminded of another place in Scripture where the Prophet Elijah posed an Ultimatum ... 1Ki 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. There are several others that have done so as well on behalf of God in the Scriptures Moses, Joshua and other Prophets.

Appl: Is God giving you an Ultimatum today possibly. Maybe it’s to be saved like it was for me on that night many years ago or maybe it’s today to quit being “halt” between two opinions ... which one is it?


IV.            THE UNIQUENESS OF IT vs20b “for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it

Note: Listen, I think one of the sweetest things about this whole verse that has always been dear to me ... God is wanting and willing to speak to those of us who have failed Him and forsook Him. That’s Unique, I on the other hand many times will just ignore someone who has slighted me ... God doesn’t. His whole goal is to Redeem us and Restore us to what he wants us to be ... His children. I will never until the day I die forget the Uniqueness of that night when God took time to “reason” with me. It was Urgent, it was an Undertaking, he gave me an Ultimatum and it was so Unique because no one else could have done it as He did.

Appl: Does God possibly want to “reason” with you and you just keep putting Him off? Running to and fro and staying busy and not taking the time to see what it is that He wants to propose to you. That may be the reason some of us don’t read our Bibles ... because we know God wants to “reason” with us out of it. Could be we might all just need to hear “what thus saith the Lord”