10Hear the word of the LORD, rulers of Sodom; listen to the instruction of
our God, you people of Gomorrah!11 “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.12When 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 worthless assemblies.
14 Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festival 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
1.Isaiah described a religious people whose ritual seems to be according
to the law. These people went up to the temple dutifully for the
required festivals; they offered sacrifices correctly, made long and
impressive prayers. But God called all these meaningless. They
seem to believe that following rituals will guarantee God’s blessings.
But God totally rejected it.
2.The people were, instead, summoned to obedience, focusing particularly
on justice toward the oppressed, widows, and orphans,
people who are vulnerable and without social protection.
3.The point is that a real and vital faith is not that we appear and do
right, but that our relationship with God has produced righteousness.
4.Is your involvement in church activities, or prayer has become
empty ritual, or do you serve the Lord from a heart of love and
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.