22 “But you, Jacob, did not call for me; you, Israel, did not long for me. 23 You did not bring me lambs for your burnt offerings; you did not honour me with your sacrifices. I did not burden you with offerings; I did not make you weary by demanding incense. 24 You did not buy me aromatic reeds; you did not present to me the fat of your sacrifices. Yet you burdened me with your sins; you made me weary with your evil deeds. 25 I, I am the one who blots out your rebellious deeds for my sake; your sins I do not remember. 26 Remind me of what happened! Let’s debate! You, prove to me that you are right! 27 The father of your nation sinned; your spokesmen rebelled against me. 28 So I defiled your devoted princes, and handed Jacob over to destruction, and subjected Israel to embarrassing abuse.”
look at the replay
Isaiah prophesied to a nation of grumblers, who were always complaining that Yahveh did nothing for them. So, Yahveh speaks up through Isaiah and tells them to make their case. But remember, the instant replay will show that the people of Israel expected blessing without obedience, protection without worship. Meanwhile sins piled up and were (as it were) a burden on Yahveh’s back. The only thing God is guilty of is mercy, because he has chosen to forego the immediate punishment that Israel deserves.
What about you. Do you have a complaint against God? Go ahead, get out your laptop and play the video feed. Look at the replay of your life, and – if you are honest – you will have to admit there has been more mercy than you deserved.
LORD, forgive us for selfishly withholding our complete allegiance and worship. We have seen the replay, and your love is vindicated.