According to the title of this chapter, Israel is stubborn and that doesn’t bode well for them. Then again, anything you do that goes against God, even the silly little rules, is stubborn. And sometimes you do everything God asks and you still get punished (see Job)!
“You have neither heard nor understood; from of old your ears have not been open. Well do I know how treacherous you are; you were called a rebel from birth. For my own name’s sake I delay my wrath; for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you, so as not to destroy you completely.” – Isaiah 48:8-9
How nice of God to only destroy the Israelites partially. Because he doesn’t destroy you completely, he apparently loves you?
“For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this.” – Isaiah 48:11
God is only doing this for himself. He doesn’t really care about you.
“Come together, all of you, and listen: Which of the idols has foretold these things?” – Isaiah 48:14
It is true that idols do not foretell the future, but then again, neither has God. God has not once shown himself to the people. It is prophets that supposedly speak God’s word.
“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” – Isaiah 48:17
Let us not forget that God has commanded death, destruction, rape, and killing of babies in the past.
“If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.” – Isaiah 48:18
If only you had raped those women and killed those children as I commanded.
“There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.” – Isaiah 48:22
Well, let’s be honest, there is no peace for ANYONE on Earth with God in command.
What did we learn in this chapter? God is upset that the people are not following his every command and therefore is about to punish them. Yet God never speaks to the people. We are told Isaiah is speaking the word of God but have no vetting of Isaiah this is the truth.
Coming Soon: 2 Kings – Chapter 18:9-37: Hezekiah King of Judah