Worship Charades

Isaiah 1~ A Lesson on:

* "getting over yourself"
*letting go of narrow mindedness,
 *irrelevant talk, empty chatter,
*shallow thinking, graceless/merciless crowds,
 *senseless rules, pride-filled hearts,
 *blank, goaless leaders,
*visionless preachers, judgemental "friends" 

This letter is for ME, as much as for those who read it !

Please don't skim over this passage.
It's so good, powerful and right on
with what is happening around us in our
"christian circles," religious churches,
Bible Studies....etc.

Do you see yourself in these words?

Isaiah 1:13-17 (The Message)

Quit your worship charades.
I can't stand your trivial religious games:
Monthly conferences, weekly Sabbaths, special meetings—
meetings, meetings, meetings—I can't stand one more!
Meetings for this, meetings for that. I hate them!
You've worn me out!
I'm sick of your religion, religion, religion,
while you go right on sinning.
When you put on your next prayer-performance,
I'll be looking the other way.
No matter how long or loud or often you pray,
I'll not be listening.
And do you know why? Because you've been tearing
people to pieces, and your hands are bloody.
Go home and wash up.
Clean up your act.
Sweep your lives clean of your evil doings
so I don't have to look at them any longer.
Say no to wrong.
Learn to do good.
Work for justice.
Help the down-and-out.
Stand up for the homeless.
Go to bat for the defenseless!!!!!

Jesus come, make us like YOU, let our hearts and minds be clay in Your hands..nothing else but YOU MY JESUS! Make us shake in our boots until we are changed..stripped of everything...because We Need a Savior, His name is JESUS~

1 comment:

Robin said...

I was just reading this that John Piper explains why God rejects sacrifices in a system which He Himself established, writing that...
"When a wicked person comes to God and makes a sacrifice with a heart of penitence, his sacrifice is accepted. That is the whole purpose of the guilt offering. A person who has been sinful during the week can be accepted through the sacrifice when it is accompanied by a broken, humble, repentant heart. So what Isaiah is really saying is that the reason God abominates the sacrifices of the unjust is not merely the inconsistency of external behavior during the week, but that they come before the Lord with hearts that are not broken for their sin, and with no true intention of forsaking it. And this heart condition of stubbornness and impenitence is why their sacrifices are an abomination to God. The sacrifice is meant to be an occasion of forgiveness for sinners. So the sin of the people in itself is not a sufficient answer for why their sacrifice is rejected... the sacrifices of the wicked are an abomination because God sees all our acts as extensions or outworkings of the heart, and where the heart is bad the deed is bad, whether secular or religious."