Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
The emotion of the Lord in this passage is powerful. These were His people, His children.
He nourished themCreated them, gave and sustained their life.
As a parent who remembers the day of a child's birth and reflects on the investment of resources to meet the needs of the Child, God recalls How He had nourished Israel
With material needs in the wilderness
With food and water in miraculous ways
With protection from the enemies
He brought them up
Which has to do with raising and training. The nourishment would be more the physical type of resources necessary to maintain life. This has more to do with the training and development necessary to direct that life in the right ways. God not only met Israel's physical needs through those years, but He also gave them training and direction
Through the Aaronic priesthood
Through the leadership of Moses
Through the giving of the Ten Commandments and the OT law
Through the latter prophets
Through Kings David and Solomon and their contribution to the Word of God
And yet God says of Israel, "they have rebelled against me."
It is a sinful people laden with iniquity, who turn from those who have nurtured and brought them up.
It is true of those who rebel against the Lord
It is true of those who rebel against their parents and
It is true of those who rebel against spiritual leaders God has placed over them.
In some cases they style themselves to be leaders in their own right, believing that following God is turning from those God has placed in their lives to lead them. Sometimes those who have influenced us have made mistakes. And sometimes we must choose to obey the Lord rather than men. But when that means turning away from those who have taught us, it is a dangerous road to say the least and one to be traveled slowly, carefully and with great hesitation. It is never one to take with glee and exhilaration.