How the Lord has to speak to us

Isaiah Bible Background

10.03.2017 – Old Testament: Isa 28.9–13

To read the Bible in a year, read Isaiah 27–28 on October 3, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Various reasons exist for why the Lord did not reveal all His written word at once, but released it over a 1500-year span. Isaiah listed one of those reasons,

“Whom will he teach knowledge?
And whom will he make to understand the message?
Those just weaned from milk?
Those just drawn from the breasts?
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept,
Line upon line, line upon line,
Here a little, there a little.”
For with stammering lips and another tongue
He will speak to this people,
To whom He said, “This is the rest with which
You may cause the weary to rest,”
And, “This is the refreshing”;
Yet they would not hear.
But the word of the LORD was to them,
“Precept upon precept, precept upon precept,
Line upon line, line upon line,
Here a little, there a little,”
That they might go and fall backward, and be broken
And snared and caught.
(Isaiah 28.9–13) 

Isaiah’s generation questioned why he spoke to them in parts. They thought that he treated them like babies. However, the problem did not exist in Isaiah, but in the people, for they refused to heed what little the Lord did reveal through His prophets. Therefore, the Lord would reveal His word a little at a time.

Questions:

  • Do you wish that the Lord had revealed more?
  • Do you read all that He has revealed?

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