Isaiah 1:3 ” The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, My people do not understand.”

No matter if it’s farm animals or the family dog or cat…they all learn quickly where and when they’ll be fed. So for Isaiah to compare Israel’s lack of understanding of God with the ability of animals to grasp where they need to go to eat is very sobering. But this lack of understanding goes much deeper than just insight. Several passages in Hosea speak of Israel’s failure to acknowledge God, their inability to even realize their unrepentant state, and that they would finally be destroyed because of their lack of discernment. Jeremiah said it well, “My people are fools; they don’t know Me. They are senseless children; they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil; they know not how to do good.” Or as Deuteronomy 32:28 continues this thought, “They are a nation without sense, there’s no discernment in them.”

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