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.