Thursday 26 September, 2019
“The ox [instinctively] knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s feeding trough, But Israel does not know [Me as Lord], my people do not understand” (Isaiah 1:3, AMP)
Have you ever heard of one who has denied knowing his own father who raised him up? I have at least heard of one; the young man in his early twenties on a broad day light denied knowing his father. It happened that his father who brought him up developed mental illness and became insane. The young man was in company of his peers when they met his father who rightly identified his son, unfortunately; the son denied before his peers that the insane man was not his father.
Whatsoever the reason for denying his father, the young man did say “I do not know him.” Israel, God’s chosen people in the Old Covenant did something similar. After a long stay in the Promised Land, the people of God were swayed after foreign gods and turned their backs to God. They craftily rebelled against God and acted as though they did not know God. Because of his longing for Israel, the LORD cried out:
“I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its master, the donkey its owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand” (Isaiah 1:2-3, NIV).
There is a crafty rebellion against God is our days. Whereas some do it openly denying the existence of God even when the glorious creation of God testifies of the LORD, others are right in the household of God. The evil that we see around us daily is a fruit of rebellion.
Many people no longer have God as number one in their daily lives. They have rebelled against God and chosen other things as priority. We should guard against crafty rebellion; we must stop ‘cleverly’ turning our backs to God. Remember “A rebellion against God, even as believers is fueled by toxic fumes of unbelief” (James MacDonald).
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to walk in your path that I may never turn my back in rebellion against you. Amen!
Rev. Julius I. Tabi is a Dean of Students’ Affairs at Uganda Christian University Arua Campus. He is an ordained minister in the Anglican Diocese of Ma’di and West Nile (Church of Uganda) and serves as chaplain at Ushindi Secondary School in Arua. Julius is a student of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology of Uganda Christian University. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at MF Norwegian School of Theology. Prior to his pastoral training, Julius trained as a high school Biology and Chemistry teacher. You may reach him by completing the form below.