Do you thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he your father that has bought you? has he not made you…
I. GOD AS THE FATHER OF HIS PEOPLE.
1. God is the Author of their spiritual existence.
2. He makes paternal provision for His children.
3. He affords parental protection to His children.
4. He imparts paternal instruction.
5. He takes paternal delight in His children.
6. He administers paternal correction to His children.
7. He lays up a paternal provision for His children.
II. THE CLAIMS WHICH HE HAS UPON HIS CHILDREN.
1. He ought to receive from us the highest reverence. We should cultivate His fear.
2. He ought to have our supreme affections. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God," etc.
3. He should possess our unwavering confidence. Trust in Him at all times.
4. He should have our cheerful obedience. "Be ye followers of God as dear children," etc.
5. He shall receive from us our most exalted praises.
(J. Burns, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?