Worthy Sacrifice

Isaiah 1:13-18(NIV)

13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—
I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.
14 Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals
I hate with all my being.
They have become a burden to me;
I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
I hide my eyes from you;
even when you offer many prayers,
I am not listening.

Your hands are full of blood!

16 Wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
stop doing wrong.
17 Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.

18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.

 

God’s people have a history of offerings and sacrifices.  They have many festivals and offerings that are to honour God.  However, God was not happy with His people as their heart was not behind the sacrifices.  Their hearts were far from God and were just going through the motions of the prayers and sacrifice. God called these assemblies worthless and He hated the festivals that they were having.  What did God want from His people?

He wanted His people to learn to do right, to seek justice, defend the oppressed and to stop doing evil deeds.  God provides us with the same solution.  He has provided us the sacrifice of Jesus so that our sins will be white as snow and we will be blameless before him.  God still has those expectations of us as well to be righteous and to stop doing wrong.  Jesus was sacrificed for my sins and my offerings should be how my life will please God and not to the worldly desires and of the flesh.

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