Burning the rebelliousness…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 1:31-31

 How the faithful city has become a whore,

 she who was full of justice!

 Righteousness lodged in her,

 but now murderers.

 Your silver has become dross,

 your best wine mixed with water.

 Your princes are rebels

 and companions of thieves.

 Everyone loves a bribe

 and runs after gifts.

They do not bring justice to the fatherless,

 and the widow’s cause does not come to them.

  Therefore the Lord declares,

the LORD of hosts,

 the Mighty One of Israel:

 “Ah, I will get relief from my enemies

and avenge myself on my foes.

  I will turn my hand against you

and will smelt away your dross as with lye

 and remove all your alloy.

 And I will restore your judges as at the first,

 and your counselors as at the beginning.

 Afterward you shall be called

the city of righteousness,

 the faithful city.”

  Zion shall be redeemed by justice,

 and those in her who repent,

 by righteousness.

But rebels and sinners shall be broken together,

 and those who forsake the LORD

shall be consumed.

 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks

 that you desired;

and you shall blush for the gardens

 that you have chosen.

  For you shall be like an oak

 whose leaf withers,

and like a garden without water.

 And the strong shall become tinder,

 and his work a spark,

 and both of them shall burn together,

 with none to quench them.

This is a promise to burn off the rebelliousness.  This is a promise to purify the filth and leave the pure once again – restored.

There is a promise of restoration with a new beginning as it was originally.  This promise is spoken directly to those who repent.  It doesn’t stop with repentance.  They will be redeemed by righteousness.  Two things here, repentance leads to change.  It is a turning away from the filth to the pure.  Second, righteousness comes to us through Christ.  We are redeemed by his blood.  Justice is served.  And the new will have a new name; righteous and faithful.

We have been redeemed.  We stand for justice.  We work to give relief to the fatherless and the widow, those who cannot help themselves.  We live by the commands/words of Jesus.  In that place we can be called righteous and faithful.

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How long, O Lord…

Revelation 6:9-10

Revelations 6:9-10   How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

Ezekiel 22:1-16

1 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Now, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Yes, show her all her abominations! 3 Then say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “The city sheds blood in her own midst, that her time may come; and she makes idols within herself to defile herself. 4 You have become guilty by the blood which you have shed, and have defiled yourself with the idols which you have made. You have caused your days to draw near, and have come to the end of your years; therefore I have made you a reproach to the nations, and a mockery to all countries. 5 Those near and those far from you will mock you as infamous and full of tumult.
6 “Look, the princes of Israel: each one has used his power to shed blood in you. 7 In you they have made light of father and mother; in your midst they have oppressed the stranger; in you they have mistreated the fatherless and the widow. 8 You have despised My holy things and profaned My Sabbaths. 9 In you are men who slander to cause bloodshed; in you are those who eat on the mountains; in your midst they commit lewdness. 10 In you men uncover their fathers’ nakedness; in you they violate women who are set apart during their impurity. 11 One commits abomination with his neighbor’s wife; another lewdly defiles his daughter-in-law; and another in you violates his sister, his father’s daughter. 12 In you they take bribes to shed blood; you take usury and increase; you have made profit from your neighbors by extortion, and have forgotten Me,” says the Lord GOD.
13 “Behold, therefore, I beat My fists at the dishonest profit which you have made, and at the bloodshed which has been in your midst. 14 Can your heart endure, or can your hands remain strong, in the days when I shall deal with you? I, the LORD, have spoken, and will do it. 15 I will scatter you among the nations, disperse you throughout the countries, and remove your filthiness completely from you. 16 You shall defile yourself in the sight of the nations; then you shall know that I am the LORD.” ’ ”
Near half-way through Ezekiel and so much of this is the heart of God showing his people in detail what they do that is displeasing and detestable to him.  It shows how it hurts the Creator to witness the rebellion and disrespect in his creation, those who were created lovingly to love, not harm, to build, not destroy.
What can be gleaned from this for today?  Not much has changed!! The same offenses listed here are read about daily in our papers, on Internet news and social media, heard on radio broadcasts and TV news headlines.  We react as if it is surprising, yet mankind without a relationship with God will go this pathway.  Mankind without God will live with hatred, not love; destruction, not growth; harm, not care.  All that is good is of God and when mankind disrespect and dishonors their Creator; calling themselves creator, no good can come of it.  We pay the consequences for the bloodshed we allow.  The multitude of unborn lives scream out for justice.  The multitude of abused and neglected children and adults call out for justice.  The oppressed of all nations who seek asylum and life, cry out for justice.  Who will answer with justice if not God’s people?  Think on it…
Micah 6:8   He has shown you, O man, what [is] good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?

rebellion vs. obedience

Ezekiel 20:21-29

21 “Notwithstanding, the children rebelled against Me; they did not walk in My statutes, and were not careful to observe My judgments, ‘which, if a man does, he shall live by them’; [fn5] but they profaned My Sabbaths. Then I said I would pour out My fury on them and fulfill My anger against them in the wilderness. 22 Nevertheless I withdrew My hand and acted for My name’s sake, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the Gentiles, in whose sight I had brought them out. 23 Also I raised My hand in an oath to those in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the Gentiles and disperse them throughout the countries, 24 because they had not executed My judgments, but had despised My statutes, profaned My Sabbaths, and their eyes were fixed on their fathers’ idols.

25 “Therefore I also gave them up to statutes that were not good, and judgments by which they could not live; 26 and I pronounced them unclean because of their ritual gifts, in that they caused all their firstborn to pass through the fire, that I might make them desolate and that they might know that I am the LORD.” ’

27 “Therefore, son of man, speak to the house of Israel, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “In this too your fathers have blasphemed Me, by being unfaithful to Me. 28 When I brought them into the land concerning which I had raised My hand in an oath to give them, and they saw all the high hills and all the thick trees, there they offered their sacrifices and provoked Me with their offerings. There they also sent up their sweet aroma and poured out their drink offerings. 29 Then I said to them, ‘What is this high place to which you go?’ So its name is called Bamah [fn6] to this day.” ’

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Does it displease the Lord to desecrate his Sabbath?  He tells us so.

“…but they profaned My Sabbaths. Then I said I would pour out My fury on them and fulfill My anger against them in the wilderness….”

What is desecrating the Sabbath?  He said to remember to keep it holy.  Well then what is holy? When looking at the definition it consistently states separate.  A day set aside, different from all other days.  It is separate in conjunction with honor and that would be honoring God.  The day was set aside by the Israelites but it was used to honor something other than God. God called it rebellion against him.

“…“Notwithstanding, the children rebelled against Me;…”

Do we honor the Lord on the day we set aside for him?  Rebellion is one antonym for obedience. We read that the man who obeys will live.

“…observe My judgments, ‘which, if a man does, he shall live by them’; …”

Specifically obeys God’s law and lives by God’s law.  This still holds true today.  When we accept Christ’s gift to us through his death and resurrection and make it our own we live.  And then we live by obeying his commands.  He gave two from which all others follow:  Love the Lord your God with all of you, your heart, your soul, your strength.

“…Deuteronomy  6:5  And you shall love the LORD thy God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might….”Luke 10:27  And he answering said, You shall love the Lord your  God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your  strength, and with all your  mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”

So when we accept the gift of life we also accept obedience, to live as he commands.  It can be seen in our daily lives.

Study of John – chapter 18


John 18:19-24


Jesus Questioned by the High Priest 

19 The high priest then asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine.  

20 Jesus answered him, “I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing.  21 Why do you ask Me? Ask those who have heard Me what I said to them. Indeed they know what I said.”  

22 And when He had said these things, one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, “Do You answer the high priest like that?”  

23 Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil; but if well, why do you strike Me?”  

24 Then Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.



Do You answer the high priest like that?”


What was the stimulus for this action?  Was it questioning the high priest?  Was there something in the tone of the voice that we are not privy to?  Whatever, Jesus did not back down but continued to answer with the confidence he had as Son of God.  I find no sign of disrespect here.


John 18:33-38

Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”  

34 Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?”  

35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?”  

36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”  

37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” 

Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”  

38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.



My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”


The others, Pilate, soldiers, etc., were speaking from the perspective of the natural world.  They could not understand (What is truth?) because he spoke about a spiritual world.  Nature that is not born again and filled with the Spirit cannot discern the things of the spirit.


John 18:38-40

 Pilate said, “What is truth?” 

Then he went back out to the Jews and told them, “I find nothing wrong in this man. 39 It’s your custom that I pardon one prisoner at Passover. Do you want me to pardon the ‘King of the Jews’?”  

40 They shouted back, “Not this one, but Barabbas!” Barabbas was a Jewish freedom fighter.

(from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)


Not this one, but Barabbas!” Barabbas was a Jewish freedom fighter.


Barabbas operated in the natural realm.  His rebellion did not threaten the religious leaders.  Jesus operated in the spiritual realm.  He was perceived as a threat to their leadership in the spiritual realm.  Therefore they wanted Jesus removed, not Barabbas.