Isaiah 58 Commentary
The Book of Isaiah isn’t all about visions. We also have straight teaching delivered directly to the remnant. How useful this sermon would be today! And it’s a hot one!
To the ‘right-living’ lovers, those with ambitions to have God on their side: Your worship means nothing before the LORD. And here’s why. It is all for profit – what you can possibly get out of God. Nothing real concerning actual humility of heart towards the LORD and His instructions.
It explains why we fight each other while in the place of worship. We hate the people we call brothers and sisters. We mistreat our workers; we cheat. We cause pain and suffering everywhere.
God forbid! Here’s the real stuff to help you understand what the LORD expects of you. No injustice; break the cycle of oppression and wickedness. Be kind to the poor and feed the hungry. Cloth the naked and help the homeless.
Then your prayers will be answered. You will be on the same page with the God you worship. Your light will shine brightest.
This chapter has spoken to our inner ambitions and aspirations. Is God just another means to push through our selfish ambitions? Check your prayers and see how self-centered they all are! The to-do list of the LORD has everything to do with others beyond self: the hungry, the naked, the oppressed, and the poor. Are my prayers centered on these?
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