Why Isaiah 1:17?

So, if you’ve been following our blog for awhile, you’ve probably noticed the scripture on our header,

Learn to do good.  Seek justice.  Help the oppressed.  Defend the cause of orphans.  Fight for the rights of widows.” – Isaiah 1:17

This scripture was highlighted again to us the past week, so we thought we’d share a few insights. (Thank you Janna Moats for your fabulous teaching!)

Well, let’s look at the first sentence:  Learn to do good.

This implies that we don’t automatically know how to do good – there’s a learning process involved.  We have to ask questions, we can’t assume that we know how to do good.  Asking good questions is important.   How do we encourage the oppressed in Jaco?  How do we defend the cause of the fatherless in Jaco?  How do we plead the case of the widows?  We have to learn if we are to do good by asking the right questions and truly listening with an open heart to the answers.

Another insight about this verse is that it is a relationship verse.  Look at the commands in the verse, the actions – defend, help, seek, etc.  These are things that you would do for your friend aren’t they?  If your friend was in trouble you would automatically do these things for that person that you loved.   It would be the natural flow of relationship.  So if we want to help those in need, it would seem the first step is relationship.  The rest will flow out of that.

Jesus doesn’t call us to start ministries.  He calls us to relationship with people.

Often we don’t want to take the time to build relationships, we want to skip the process.  It’s way easier to start a program than to build a relationship.


One Response to Why Isaiah 1:17?

  1. sharon says:

    This verse resonates with me greatly, but I’m having a hard time figuring out how to heed this calling. Unfortunately money isn’t an option at this point, but I know there are other ways to make meaningful contributions. I want to find a way to help and to make a difference, but also make an impression on my 2.5 year old daughter of how we can contribute to the greater good and help those who need it.
    I decided to leave a comment because I saw that at one point in Scott’s journey, he did some work in San Diego, which is where I live. I was hoping that he might have some contacts or suggestions as to where to start.
    Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

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