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Monday, October 2, 2017

Isaiah: The Fruit of Going Godless

October 2

(Isaiah 1:11-20 NIV)  ""The multitude of your sacrifices-- what are they to me?" says the Lord. "I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. {12} When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts? {13} Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations-- I cannot bear your evil assemblies. {14} Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts my soul hates. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. {15} When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. 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, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. {18} "Come now, let us reason together," 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. {19} If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; {20} but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword." For the mouth of the Lord has spoken."

(Isaiah 2:6-9 NIV)  "You have abandoned your people, the house of Jacob. They are full of superstitions from the East; they practice divination like the Philistines and clasp hands with pagans. {7} Their land is full of silver and gold; there is no end to their treasures. Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots. {8} Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their fingers have made. {9} So man will be brought low and mankind humbled-- do not forgive them."

Isaiah looked at God’s people and saw that they had slowly eliminated the Lord from their lives. They had decided to go godless. As a result, they became like the pagan cultures around them. They prospered and they began to think that it was because they were more ingenious than others. Wealth became an addiction. Greed wooed them, and they got hooked on the Good Life. They trusted in Stuff to make them happy. They put their energy into acquisition, rather than giving. Sound familiar? Today, our national motto has become, “In Goods We Trust.” Our Trinity is now Fame, Winning, and Money. But money, stuff, and success make for unfaithful and undependable gods. They will sleep with whoever has the most money, and leave us for another overnight. And when we limp home, broken and broke, God comes out to meet us, and He loves us. Don’t go godless. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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