Verse 20 reminds us of Jesus’ words to believers in Matthew 24:15-22. The first century believers remembered those words and fled Jerusalem before the second Roman attack that destroyed the city completely.
This is a hard word to God’s people.
“Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments!”
This is a word not just for Israel in exile, Israel at the time of Isaiah.
This is for us.
The Lord knows us. “Because I know you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew and your forehead brass,” – He knows us!
The Lord knows that our hearts are desperately wicked, that we are born broken, “For I knew that you would surely deal treacherously, and that from before birth you were called a rebel.”
We were rebels from God, but He called us to Him.
We were outside the camp, but He welcomed us back in.
We were dead in our sins, but He redeems us.
The LORD. The Holy One of Israel.
This is cause for joy! What a hope we have, what a joy it is!
* Thank You Lord for the hope we have in You.
Thank You that You have saved us, rescued us, restored and redeemed us.
Thank You that even though we still have obstinate natures, stiff necks and stubborn brows – Still, you draw us to You.
Please sink us in self that we would rise in Thee.