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chapter of Isaiah, which I had never understood so
perfectly before this living explanation.
"Hear, 0 heavens, and give ear, 0 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. Ah
sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of
evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have
forsaken the Lord ... they are gone away backward"
And this was spoken of ancient Israel, a nation to
which God had revealed himself by many evidences and
miracles. How much less do other nations know about
God is!
Nevertheless, other nations are human beings just
like the nation Israel. It is important at the very outset
of this chapter that you notice God calls these humans
his own children. Many people say, "God just doesn't
seem real to me." God is a great mystery to them. Their
own human fathers don't seem like a mystery. They
seem real.
Seem Unreal?
In this chapter I hope we will help make God as real to
you as your own human father. God does reveal himself
to us in the Bible, if we will just understand it, so that he
will seem real to us.
Of the peoples of the Roman Empire, God inspired
the apostle Paul to write:
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven
against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by
their wickedness
suppress the truth.
For what can be
known about God is plain to them, because God has
shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world