For the first time I feel like I have glimpsed a small measure of God's heartbreak, His absolute sadness when His people turn from Him, repeatedly ignoring His calls for repentance, for a returning to Him....and yet, He still He sent His Son. He still made a way, He still provided forgiveness, He still was faithful. As a parent, I get sooooooo frustrated when I tell my kids to do something and they either ignore me or worse yet challenge my authority blatantly. It's so hard to remain consistent and loving and offer forgiveness over and over and over. It blows my mind with the holiness and awe inspiring loveliness of the God we serve.
Isaiah is one of my top favorite books of all times. Much like the book of Psalms, it is highlighted, underlined, smudged, and little notes take up the margins throughout. I tried to narrow down my favorite verses to type here for a blog post and instead settled on chapter 53.
(Copied and pasted courtesy Biblegateway.org, NIV version)