RE Verse reading–Isaiah 1:1-20 (day three)  “The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand” (vs 3)  If we judge ourselves by comparison to other people we reach one conclusion.  If we judge ourselves by looking at God and His creation we reach another.  In Isaiah 1, God says that His people’s rebellion is unnatural.  An ox knows his master.  Human independence and ingratitude is, in this way, a contradiction of nature. We are dumber than donkeys!  Looking at history, however, we see a different story.  Human self-will is the NORM.  “All we like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6)  “All have turned aside, together they have become useless” (Romans 3:12)  It forces a decision, doesn’t it?  Is “normal” what we are or what we were mean’t to be?  Do we find “natural”in  what we have been or what we can become?

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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