Jesus was asked,
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus surprised them all by replying,
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it:
Love your neighbor as yourself. All the
Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
In the following verses, the Lord God tells Isaiah the prophet, to pass on His words. To let His people know they are not fooling Him with their false worship, hypocrisy, abuse, and injustice. He is not like manmade gods carved from stone or wood that have no eyes or ears.
He sees and He hears!
Isaiah 58: 1- 12
“Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the descendants of Jacob their sins. For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right, and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions,
and seem eager
for God to come near them.
‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’
“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please, and exploit all your workers. Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high.
Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed, and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the Lord?
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen?
To loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke,
To set the oppressed free and break every yoke,
Is it not to share your food with the hungry,
- And to provide the poor wanderer with shelter,
- When you see the naked, to clothe them,
- And do not to turn away from your own flesh and blood.
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say:
Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after orphans and widows in their distress,
and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
God Hates Injustice
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By ~ Elizabeth Yalian 2013 ©http://hiseyeisonthissparrow.com.