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Wayward Children

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Wayward Children

Text: Isaiah 1:2-3 (NIV)

2 Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth!

For the Lord has spoken:

“I reared children and brought them up,

but they have rebelled against me.

3 The ox knows his master,

the donkey his owner’s manger,

but Israel does not know,

my people do not understand.” [1]

I.        Introduction:

II.      The Call to Witness: Being Arraigned

A.      The Universal Call: Hearing Witness

B.      The Authoritative Call: Bearing Witness

III.   The Character of the Children: Standing Accused

A.      Reared by God

B.      Rebellious Toward God

IV.    The Collapse of Recognition: Lacking Appreciation

A.      Common Response: Understanding of Their Caregiver

B.      Curious Reaction: Unmindful of Their Caregiver

V.      Conclusion:


[1] The Holy Bible : New International Version. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984.

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