“Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!
For the Lord has spoken:”
Isaiah lends his voice to what God has spoken. It is binding on heaven and the earth. It is heard not only in Judah and Jerusalem. It is in its classic sense, to rebuke the nation of Israel for their backsliding. Secondly for all others whom God had called in his Son and bring them back when they are in danger of falling back. It is become general after the church age had begun. His voice through the prophet shall be a witness for Jerusalem and beyond, addressing the sinful man as long as he had not taken the remedy God has left. He who has the Son has the Father also. For this reason in our times his rebuke is relevant.
Nation did not divide into two kingdoms all of a sudden. Their rebellious sin had caused them to resist God’s control. It was apparent in the golden calf. They had Moses with whom God spoke direct and hardly had his back turned they worshipped their handiwork . The excuse of old Samuel’s sons being unfit as judges was a lie. The children of Israel wanted to be ‘like other nations.’ They went to old Samuel and demanded a king.(1 Sa.8:5). We can understand what it really signified. For God told Samuel to let their counsel prevail but told him to explain well to them about the consequences. The Righteous God would make the nation know what it meant. After that he was to choose one from among them. “For they have not rejected thee,” God told him, “But they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.” From the verses below the Spirit makes it clear how backsliding worked in them.
It is a warning to us and we see it in our time. There arrives migrants from the south and when the US Administration says it is an ‘invasion’ what do the American evangelicalism do but go to the news media and sing the same tune? What has church to do with politics? “What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?(2 Co.6:15,14).This is new normal showing up when heart has already forsaken Jesus Christ and have with both hands reached out to gather wealth. When a cockroach make a run across your kitchen counter it is time to call de-infestation service without delay. It is almost certain that a colony of pests would have already overrun your home. It is thus spiritual wickedness would work and it is by stealth.
Consider the words of Isaiah and every line can be applied to our times as well.
‘My people do not understand’. What a sad commentary! The ox knows his master but the Christians do not want to abide in Christ. My kingdom is not of this world, testified Jesus before Pontius Pilate. The believers are instead want all that the world can offer. In following mammon they are deadening their inner voice who would warn that the day of the Lord is nearer than they think.
“Woe to the sinful nation, a people whose guilt is great,…They have forsaken the Lord;…and turned their backs on him”.
God is patient and His long suffering nature seeks for one step into the breach when the angel of the church has totally forsaken their calling, How shall members benefit when ministers of God have spurned their holy calling and are vying with one another for honor from men? As the ministers, so the believers. No wonder Isaiah’s voice rings out: “Why should you be beaten anymore? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head, there is no soundness—”