Isaiah 1:3 Ox Knoweth His Owner (Agriculture)

The ox knoweth his owner and the ass his master's crib;

but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider

 

 


    Orientals are largely agricultural people, therefore there are many figures of speech relating to life on the land, which may be found in the Scriptures.

     In Isaiah 1:3 we find: "The ox knoweth his owner and the ass his master's crib; but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider."

    In a small village, the animals owned by a household are gathered up in the morning by boys of the town who are entrusted with the job, and taken out to pasture and water nearby. In the evening they are brought back to the edge of the town, headed in the right direction, and they then find their way into their own enclosures. These animals never make a mistake; they always go to their own place. Each type of animal has a specific type of enclosure: the ass has a crib; the sheep have a sheepfold, etc.

    Isaiah is lamenting in this verse that even dumb animals have enough sense to go home to their proper owners, but the people of Israel who have been chosen by God to be His children, do not have sense enough to know their God.

Bishop K.C. Pillai, D.D.

 

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Anthony Gilmore,
May 22, 2012, 2:29 PM
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