Blessing proposed consequent upon repentance
Isaiah 1 begins with a
testimony to the sad condition of the people. They were
all wounds and corruption. It was useless to chastise
them any more. Their ceremonies were an abomination to
Jehovah. He desired righteousness. Nevertheless the
people are called to repentance, and are assured that
blessing should follow repentance. Such is the position
which prophecy gives them. But God knew the people who,
with their princes, were wicked and corrupt; and God
declares what will take place. He will execute judgment
and thus cleanse the people and re-establish blessing.
The two great principles are thus laid down: blessing
proposed consequent upon repentance; but in fact it will
be blessing brought in by judgment.