Isaiah 43:22-23. “But thou hast not called upon Me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel. Thou has not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offering; neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense.”
The glaring error in this painting is that Jesus was NOT calmly walking, unscathed, through the crowd. He’s been mocked, scourged, His beard pulled out, His face marred by fists. But He was indeed rejected by His own people, not just during the time when Isaiah was a prophet, but during the time He walked on earth, among His own, and His own received Him not.
In Isaiah’s time, the people had turned away from God to worship idols. They were no longer praying to Him. They were not bringing him the lambs for sacrifice. In verse 23, God points out to the people that He was not being unreasonable in the offerings He required, and that they were actually far less than pagan idols were given.
How can we apply these verses today, in our own treatment of Jesus Christ? I think that’s pretty easy. We are becoming more and more secularized as we are drawn to the world’s entertainments and philosophies. Even though we have the complete Word of God, I sometimes wonder, if Jesus were to appear among us today, if He wouldn’t receive the same reception now as He did then.
I think His holiness makes us uncomfortable.