Translations: Chinese GB Big5

A Father of Rebels

Isaiah 1:2

"Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken,
I have nourished and brought up children,
and they have rebelled against me."

Is God a good parent?

Often parents are blamed for the rebelliousness of their children, and at times such an opinion is justified. But such parents may find some consolation in the fact that even the children God raised became rebellious. If not even God can raise obedient children then what hope is there for parents? One of the major themes of the first half of Isaiah is that each person will be held accountable for their own behavior. We notice in this verse for example that God in the role of parent does not hold himself accountable for the behavior of his children. And I'm sure many parents can empathize with Him. But let us remember that if we claim to be children of God, God also expects us to behave appropriately.
Ephesians 5:1  Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children

1 Peter 1:14  As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.

Is God qualified to lead?

Another point is that it seems as if God himself would have been disqualified to be an elder in a church. For it is written, "An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient." Titus 1:6 (You might be interested in my interpretation of this verse) And not only this, God also got divorced as it is written, "I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries." Jeremiah 3:8  What role would a divorced Christian with rebellious children be allowed to play in the church today? Certainly most churches would not allow such a person in leadership or even as a Sunday school teacher. Interesting!

The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources Jul 29,2015