Deal or No Deal-Take It or Leave It

Text: Isaiah 1:1-20

Text Background
The Dead Sea, salt lake, situated between Israel and Jordan, and forming part of the border between the two countries. The surface of the Dead Sea, 408 m (1,340 ft) below sea level as of 1996, is the lowest water surface on Earth.

The lake is 76 km (47 mi) long and has a maximum width of about 16 km (10 mi); its area is approximately 1,049 sq km (405 sq mi).

The Dead Sea occupies a northern portion of the Rift Valley. On the east the high plateau of Moab rises about 1,340 m (4,400 ft) above the sea; on the west, the plateau of Judaea rises to half that height.

From the eastern shore, a peninsula juts out into the lake. To the south of this peninsula, the lake is shallow, less than 6 m (20 ft) deep; to the north lies its greatest depth of 400 m (1,312 ft).

Sodom and Gomorrah, according to the Old Testament (notably Genesis 18, 19), two ancient cities near the Dead Sea.

The Bible almost invariably speaks of them together. With Admah, Zeboiim, and Zoar, they formed the five “cities of the plain”, all but the last-named of which are said to have been destroyed by brimstone and fire, perhaps accompanied by an earthquake, because of the indecency and perverse sexual practices of their inhabitants. Some evidence indicates that they did exist, were destroyed and that their sites now lie under the Dead Sea.

The biblical story of the destruction of the cities is considered by many critics to be similar to tales found among the Arabs (and other ancient peoples) regarding the sudden disappearance of places; indeed, Lot (or Lut), who in the biblical story survives the destruction with his family, figures prominently in the Koran.

Some contend that the desolate character of the land around the Dead Sea, which is fatal to plant and animal life, would naturally suggest the thought of some catastrophe.

Deal or No Deal/GKNB/Taktak oTakbo

Israel is compared to Sodom and Gomorrah
There is too much injustice:

Murderer, having an indecent life

God’s seemingly irrevocable wrath is impending
Rejects offerings, hides his eyes from them, he hears no

prayers (vv15-16)

God requires:
Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. (v17  )

The Situation
God is in the advantage position

Israel is at the disadvantaged position

God’s Offer
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (Isa 1:18). 

The Last Option (God) and Recourse (Human)

If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.



4 thoughts on “Deal or No Deal-Take It or Leave It”

  1. You have described a place that has seen a lot of history and is still a point of interest for the three main religions today because of so much that purportedly happened. Of course, the Bible describes the Sodom and Gomorrah cities that were filled with evil people and who were doing evil things.

    The consequence for that was destruction, total and complete, and it has served as a lesson for humanity ever since. There have always been the nay-sayers who say the whole story is a work of fiction, but there is evidence that something indeed happened so long ago.

    This area of the world has been an area of interest for me personally, and the more I do research the more I am convinced of the truth of the story, and of course, I also believe the lessons apply to us all as we live our lives. You have captured that point effectively in the verses that you included and people that take the time to assess this whole story will see this. Thanks!

    • Thanks, Dave for your comment. This speaks to me that you are profoundly grounded in faith and in scriptures. Thanks for the technology that helps to prove the authenticity of scriptures.

      The story may be a fiction  or a fact I believe God wanted something for us to see in those stories, they are loaded with  lessons in life that will really challenge us in our days and generation.

  2. Amen. I’m glad to read the detailed background description of my favorite Biblical verse, where God speak to His children, intimately, with an anger tone to correct us. 

    Sometime we misunderstand the Holy Scripture or we start forgetting them over a period of time. I believe knowing the background story is very essential for good understanding. I’ll be visiting your website for such in depth information to enhance my learnings of Scriptures. 

    Thanks a lot for sharing this awesome post. Your ministry will be in my prayers. 

    • Thanks, Akshay for your comment. I can sense that you are deeply grounded in the scriptures and you really succumb to it. 

      In fact God shows his anger but after all he is really a loving parent that offers the unexpected deepest love that can forgive even the vilest offender. This is our God, he is inviting us to stop from our sinfulness and he is willing to make us white as snow.

      I shed tears when I am meditating on this kind of a God who always find time for his children to reform and transform themselves according to his will. God is really awesome.


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