I have rebellious children!
I have rebellious children. I have a rebellious wife. I have to be honest here, I am a rebellious father, husband and man!
Matter of fact, I can’t think of a single person who is not rebellious in the depths of their hearts.
God also has a rebellious wife. God had and still has rebellious children! Out of all the children he has, he only had one son who was not rebellious. Thinking about this concept captured my attention when I was flipping through Isaiah and noticed a verse which I have overlooked before.
Isaiah 1:2, 4 "Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly!”
Wow, God has rebellious children! I spent a Sunday reading-praying through the whole book of Isaiah and discovered it is a great parenting book.
Basically chapters 1-39 describe the various ways God’s children (Israel) are rebellious. It talks about the wrong crowd they hung out with, the ways they said “I’m sorry” but didn’t repent, their stubborn desire to go their own way and “the youth will be insolent to the elder”.
I saw glimpses of God’s Fatherly love, holiness, grace and mercy even in his discipline of his children and how harshly he dealt with the “wrong crowd” countries around Israel.
There is a massive crescendo in chapters 40-66 which describes God’s only son who never rebelled. This son would be the suffering servant who would actually be sacrificed so that the other siblings could live.
The picture of God’s promise, restoration and salvation opened the floodgates of hope and washed over my weary soul. God’s ways will prevail. He even will take this tired earth, purify it and bring the New Heaven on a New Earth and His family (the Church) will all get along!
I have never thought about reading Isaiah to see how God as Father parented his children. Try it for yourself, you may be surprised and encouraged.