Isaiah 1:3 Where is the Food?

Isaiah 1:3
The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
Verse 3 "The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib; but Israel doth not know, my people
doth not consider." A donkey is known as a stupid animal, but he has better sense than human beings, for
he can find his way back to his master's crib. So the donkey isn't as stupid as the people of Israel, who
doesn't come back to God—they do not understand.
Isaiah was speaking the way the Easterner speaks. He is telling the children of Israel how hard they
are. They would not come back for repentance. In the East the oxen are taken to the highlands in the
morning. Crib is a place where donkeys are kept. There are a few boys in each village that are hired to
look after all the animals. They go around to the different homes and get their animals and take them up
to the highlands. The Western people say the cows are always in the street because they happen to see
them when they are gathering the animals up in the morning and they drive them along the streets. About
six o'clock in the evening they come back. The cows are in the streets only at these two times. The boys
that are hired only bring the animals to the entrance of the village and then go home. The donkeys and
oxen find their own managers. Spiritually, the oxen and donkeys come back, but Israel does not.
Animals have enough sense to go to their cribs and stalls, but the people don't have enough sense to
go back to their God. The shepherd takes the sheep out and takes care of them, the he-goat leads the rest
of the goats by the side of the sheep—no shepherd is required for the goats. The sheep are taken care of
by the shepherd and the goats by the he-goat.
Ass knows his master's crib. Most of property of Easterners consists of cattle and farming is their
occupation. 75 - 90% live by cultivating own land. Nearly every Indian in upper classes owns his own
home and land handed down from father to son. They practice "concentrated farming"—every family
grows what it needs. They do not usually live on the farm but travel there each day to work, taking
animals and implements along.
Buffalo, oxen and cows are kept in cowshed at home in village. The actual manger itself is built of
two long slabs of stone forming a hollow deep place where the grass is spread for the animals to eat.
Many poor people work for owner of farm and live in mud huts near manger. At time of birth, the
woman sleeps in manger and gives birth there on the grass. It was a common practice among the poor.
The place where donkeys are kept is crib. Every morning a few "cowboys" hired by the community take
care of the animals. They come and loose the animals and drive them into the street, collecting from
every house—maybe 2000 animals, and graze them all day. In the evening the cowboys bring the
animals to the village gate and each animal goes to its own crib or manger. No mistakes are made. Only
people lose their way home. We should know also that our provisions and safety are in the crib of our
Master. The donkey does not stand without his crib praying, "Lord, Lord, send me something to eat out
here." Only humans do that.
It is our business to get to the crib, and God's business to take care of us there. Christ Jesus is now
the crib of the whole world. All mankind can find salvation, satisfaction, sustenance, peace, etc. in him.
Children of Israel were walking their own way again! God spoke to them by way of the prophet. In
the East there are servants for everything. (Bramma—priest, Neru) (Shetria—ruling, Pillai) (Vicia—
business, Mahatma Ghandi) (Shudra—working man)—low caste only. Does all of the labor so that the
Hindu can eat. 75% of Hindus own their own land and home. Each Hindu has his own oxen, cows,
buffalo, donkey, camel, sheep, goat, etc. Where does a man keep all of these? He builds small buildings
around his home for buffaloes, manger for oxen and cows, crib for donkeys, sheepfold for the sheep, etc.
Each shelter house has a name. A broken priest owns nothing. Receives no salary and has a house and
property assigned to him. A servant barber comes to the home and does hair cutting. The priest lives off
of the land where he lives. There is a servant assigned to the farm. Then there are cowboys who go to the
animals' bins and loose animals. They end up with thousands of catties. Tourists take a picture of this
ugly sight. These cowboys feed and graze the animals. At the end of the evening they are brought to the
edge of the city. They are wished God speed and are directed to the house where they are cared for. The
donkeys go straight to their home. Both donkey and oxen do this quickly. We need to get the sense of a
donkey and bird and to go back to that.
Manger, crib, fold. God sends a prophet to bring His people back to the family. When Israel was
going wrong, God sent Isaiah, who said Isaiah 1:3.