To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD, I AM FULLL of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beats; and I delighted not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats….Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I can not away with it, it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Isaiah 1:11, 13
‘When sinners are under the judgments of God they will more easily be brought to fly to their devotions than to forsake their sins and reform their lives.”(Matthew Henry)
DIDJAHEARDAT? Nah, Dat don’t sound empathetic at all! In fact, some might argue it’s down right judgmental, huh?
The frustrated Prophet is relaying God’s Message to a stiff-necked, consistently rebellious nation who persist in their pretense of religious commitment that, if their hearts weren’t changed, humbled, and totally surrendered to the LORD it made no difference. In other words, without the right heart, God hated their religious ceremony and service.
“I’m tired of You trying to play ME!” So, when they prayed, the LORD says, “I will hide my eyes from you… I will not hear.” (Ref. Isaiah 1:15)
In the midst of their religious ceremonial gathering. many eloquent, soul stirring, and emotional prayers were being offered up in their feeble attempt to appease God! Unfortunately, from Heaven’s Perspective, all that they were doing amounted up to a bunch of empty, hollow, useless prayers! God looked at Judah and said, “Your hands are full of blood.”
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalm 34:18 ESV
TRUTHBTOLD, God was saying, ‘”STOP IT! I’M JUS SICK OF THE BULL! You honor me with your lips, BUT YOUR HEARTS REMAIN UNCHANGED, INSINCERE AND FAR FROM ME. (Ref. Matthew 15:8)
HONEST 2 GOD, SOUNDS A BIT 2 UNCOMFORTABLY FAMILIAR, huh?
OMG! HAVE MERCY LORD JESUS!
#IJS! BELOVED, IT’Z TIME 2 GET REAL WITH GOD AND PRAY 4 REAL “FATHER, FORGIVE US AND DELIVER US FROM US! SWEET HOLY SPIRIT, CREATE IN US A CLEAN HEART AND RENEW IN US A RIGHT SPIRIT THAT WE MIGHT WORSHIP AND SERVE YOU IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH!! IN JESUS NAME! AMEN 3X
Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!