Isaiah 1:2-3. “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken. I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.”
When God spoke to His prophets, it was then their job to tell the people what God had said. These two verses mark the beginning of God’s message to Israel and Judah. It is a summary of where they have left Him, and how they have wronged Him.
God used images here that we all can understand. Any parent understands the picture of children they have nourished and loved, and then having those children turn away from them. Even dumb animals, like an ox or a donkey, recognize their masters and return to the stall or the crib. That’s where their shelter and safety lie, and it’s where they are fed and cared for.
People, however, will turn away from a loving parent. The rebellion in the hearts of all mankind leads us away from the shelter, care, and nourishment of the parent. We will see this theme repeated many times throughout the book.
Here are some verses for you to look up that relate to this beginning of Isaiah’s prophecies:
Isa. 1:2-23; Is. 41:12; 42:1; 48:1; Jer. 2:1; Hosea 4:1;Hos. 6:4; Amos 3:1; Micah 6:11; Jer. 25; Hos. 11; Mal. 3; Rom. 10-11.
Doing all this cross-referencing may seem tedious at first, but I promise you that it will help you understand more clearly as we see the consistency of God’s message through all the prophets. Also, you will be thrilled and excited to see prophecies that have been fulfilled, and to understand which prophecies are in the far future.
Isaiah is an exciting book.