Sunday Morning Worship Service 3/13/16 11AM
Featuring Dr. Liam Goligher, Senior Minister, preaching: The Gospel According to Isaiah: “It’s Sunday, But Monday’s Coming” based on Isaiah 58:1-14.
The sermon video and text summary may be viewed at https://youtu.be/KZukqH-_w2U
Dean Jonathan Swift of “Gulliver’s Travels” fame said of society ladies, “They were so busy being religious, they had no time to say their prayers.” Isaiah was sent to shout at the people of God, not to the ‘paganized Christians’ of Isaiah 56:10. These people loves God but treated him as a static given, a trophy wife. God closes his ear to the super-spirituality of their fasting. They did their religion to get something from God—satisfaction, significance, sense of his love—or to have leverage with him.
They act as if… God were a static given, rather than a dynamic reality. Too many Christian lives lack vibrancy, emotion and engagement with God as a real person. These chose to fast, resulting in a bad temper and quarreling. Others suffered the collateral damage. Fasting required by God only once a year! They multiplied fasts to show off their spirituality. They put guilt trips and burdens on others. No! Do what God has told you to do, what you know is his will, like keeping the Sabbath. It’s in the Ten Commandments! It his special day, not a fast day, but a feast day. Use it to pursue him, engage with him, seek him with all your heart.
There’s long list of things after a series of “Then”, the things God promises you. If you don’t feel his love, you will THEN. You will have a heart and life that go down deep, that are established. THEN so many of the things you ask for, you won’t have to ask for at all; they will just be there from a loving Father. Other verses: Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 12:8, Luke 6:5, James 1:2
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