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Isaiah 50: 1. “Thus saith the Lord, Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.”
The children of Israel stood in the same relation to the Jewish synagogue, as children to a mother. “Your mother” in this context would be the Jewish synagogue or congregation, which was no longer a congregation or a people because of their sin.
In Deuteronomy 24:1-4 , when a man put away his wife, he gave her a bill of divorce, assigning the causes of his putting her away. What the Lord is really saying here is that Israel, the congregation, has no such bill of divorce because God did not divorce her; by their worship of idols and their other sins against God, they have divorced themselves from Him.
Exodus 21:7 ; 2 Kings 4:1; and Nehemiah 5:1-5 all describe a practice by which, if a man could not pay his debt, he would sell his children in order to pay it. God says that He, Himself, has not sold them into slavery; rather, they have sold themselves because of their sin; they have lost the privilege of being a congregation under God’s protection because of their idolatry.
This bleak state of affairs has to continue only until there is a revival in Israel, a return to Him and His worship.