“You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings, nor honoured me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with grain offerings nor wearied you with demands for incense. You have not bought any fragrant calamus for me, or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your offences.” (Isaiah 43:23-24).
God’s people were not worshipping Him as they should have been. God had not laid on the people harsh and difficult burdens. He had always been their Father and yet they treated Him like a harsh task-master. But the natural outworking of their wrong view of God was that they turned to all sorts of sin. Naturally when people refuse to see God as He is they end up in all sorts of addictive sins, idolatry, violence and evil.
They wearied God with their many sins and offences, but what was His response? “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” (Isaiah 43:25). Our wrong view of God doesn’t change Him one bit! Even if we imagine Him to be a harsh lord He is still the gracious God who, while we were still sinners, sent His own Son to die for us and save us! ‘Who is a pardoning God like Thee?’