Contrasted Conduct

The Book of Isaiah

Chapter 58

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     Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

     Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet. Father is telling Isaiah, not to speak softly, but to speak loudly, at the top of his voice. He wants Isaiah’s voice to sound like the sheep’s horn that, when blown, caused all the people within earshot to stop and listen to what was going to be said.

     Their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. This would seem like the same thing but transgression is their revolt against the authority of our father, while their sins was not adhering to the letter of the Law.

     Isaiah 58:2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.

     Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, They say that they did everything the right way, according to the Law.

     And forsook not the ordinance of their God. They loved our Father and followed the law right to the letter.

     They ask of me the ordinances of justice. They want to make sure that our Father deals justly and harshly with their enemies.

     They take delight in approaching to God. Outwardly, they asked for justice but inwardly they didn’t follow the spirit of the law.

     Isaiah 58:3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.

    Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? Alright, now we see what’s really in their hearts because they have now reverted to self-justification.  

     We fasted, Father, didn’t you see us do that?

     They want to put Father under their obligation because they fasted.

     Wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Let’s look at Leviticus for a moment:

     Ref: Leviticus 16:29 And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you:

     Ref: Leviticus 16:30 For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord. KJV

     They examined their souls and then tried to make our Father feel as though He ignored them.

     Our Father begins to speak here….

     Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure. A fast was supposed to be depriving oneself of the pleasures of eating and was supposed to bring them closer to our Father. In the midst of depriving themselves of food they look forward to the blessings of our Father and it symbolizes hope.

     But this was only an outward show because they really took pleasure in doing this.

     And exact all your labours. You press all those that work for you to give more than their best. They try to get the most out of someone else’s labor for the least amount of wages.

     Isaiah 58:4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.

     Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: You fast to receive the blessings of our Father for the wrong reasons. You fast for Me to bless you when you go to war for no good reason.

     Ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. You do this and then expect our Father in heaven to hear you and listen to you and hear your voice? I don’t think so.

     Isaiah 58:5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?

     Is it such a fast that I have chosen? Are these the reasons that I require you to fast? Nope.

     You go through the outward appearance of fasting, looking so sorrowful, sackcloth and ashes and all that but it’s a scam. They’re trying to put one over on our Father.

     Father uses this word bulrush for a specific reason:

        Bulrush-- OT:100 'agmown (ag-mone'); from the same as OT:98; a marshy pool [others from a different root, a kettle]; by implication a rush (as growing there); collectively a rope of rushes:

     It’s a reed. It blows in the wind, first one way and then the other, not knowing which way to lean. That’s how these people are, just blowing in the wind, always changing the way they believe or live, according to who is talking to them at the time.

     Which is about the only good thing that can be said about most churches today: they DON’T blow from one side to the other. They are firmly entrenched in the false doctrines that they teach, they never vary nor do they ever mess up and speak the truth of our Father’s Words.

     Isaiah 58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

     Is not this the fast that I have chosen? And Father is going to list the reasons that HE wants them to fast.

     You undo the burdens that you put on the people that work for you. You ease their workload, not increase it because you want to make more money.

     You don’t keep the wages low because you know that you can get away with it. Some of your workers can’t find any other job, they need the one they’ve got, and they know it and abuse it.

     And spiritually, these preachers put a yoke around the neck of the congregation by teaching them things that our Father SPECIFICALLY told them NOT TO PREACH. The false doctrines of traditionalism. Giving them false hope and most of them do it for the money.

     Some other church offers them a few bucks more a week and off they go, chasing that almighty dollar. They don’t care about the souls of the people that come inside and listen to them. They’re just collateral damage to them.

     But, boy, listen to them on Judgment Day:

     “Father, we healed and cast our demons in your name!”

     Ref: Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? KJV

     And this is what our Father is going to say to them:

     Ref: Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. KJV

     It’s time that you stopped playing church. Oh, I know, it feels good to show up in your Sunday best, hair all done up and all that, getting the inside gossip on all those people that you don’t feel come up to your standards.

     Making a real show of sympathy to that little pregnant teenage girl that came with someone, welcoming her into the congregation and all that, and then talking about her behind her back when she can’t hear you.

     I know how they talk. My daughter sat beside the preacher's wife for many a Sunday because she was her granddaughter. She would point out this person and that person and tell my daughter some recent and juicy gossip about them.

     Some years ago, in quite a different incident, my wife and I went to a local church for the first time and during the sermon the preacher made a reference to people being put out because someone had sat in their favorite spot on one particular pew. It wasn't until after the service was over that we realized that WE were the ones that, unknowingly, sat in this person's favorite spot!

     A few weeks later we went to a Wednesday evening service and while everyone was milling around out in the parking lot before the service, we went in and sat down. As everybody else began to come in, one woman came up to us and, motioning to the other side of the set of pews, said:

     "WE don't sit on that side."

     Two strangers, on two different occassions, about a week and a half apart, saw first hand the prejudice among the members. Upper-class segregation.

     We never went back again.  Makes y’all feel real good, doesn’t it? 

     Isaiah 58:7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

     You’re supposed to give and take care of those with less that you; bring in used clothing that still looks good and give a warm coat to someone who doesn’t have one.

     And that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Brothers and sisters in Christ? Not wanting to associate with or come near or touch those that might not have bathed before coming because they had no running water at home, or lived under a concrete bridge somewhere.

     Perhaps you feel that you might pick up a bug or something from them if you get too close.

     The very least you can do is clothe them with the Word of God, the gospel armor, but they’re sure not going to get that there in that church either, are they?

     Isaiah 58:8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward.

     This is what happens when you do what our Father says we should do. It’s like the sun coming up in the morning, when you help those that have less than you.

     Rearward-- OT:622 'acaph (aw-saf'); a primitive root; to gather for any purpose; hence, to receive, take away, i.e. remove (destroy, leave behind, put up, restore, etc.):

     We are all gathered up behind Him, following along like the sheep that we are, following the Shepherd that will always lead us in the way of righteousness.

     Ref: Exodus 14:19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:

     Ref: Exodus 14:20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night. KJV

     Our Father made it so that the Egyptians couldn’t see the lightning in that cloud at night, only His children could see it. It led His children away from the enemy and left Egypt wandering around in the darkness.

     Time is running out. Some of these preachers will tell you that all you have to do is believe, and they quote John 3:16 and a few other verses to back themselves up, but if you believe in what THEY ARE preaching, you are in a whole lot of trouble, spiritually speaking.

     But just understanding a few verses from His Word is not enough, you have to eat the whole book, like the angel told St. John in Revelation. You have to read and study every day or you will not have the background, in His Word, to understand that Satan/Antichrist is a liar.

     Sure, there’s a chance that you might not be here when he comes to Jerusalem, claiming to be the risen Christ, but are you willing to take that chance? You’re already putting your soul at risk by listening to some back-woods wann-be to start with, and you’ll be putting your soul at risk when you STOP listening to him as well, IF you don’t start studying and reading on your own.

     Remember what Timothy said:

          Ref: 2nd Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. KJV

     OR go out and find a good bible-teaching pastor that WILL teach you the truth. They’re hard to find but they're probably out there somewhere.

     You have to be knowledgeable in His Word to be able to see through the lies of Satan, when he comes, looking just like the true Christ, and that takes time, and time is getting short.

     Isaiah 58:9 Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;

     You call Him by getting down on your knees and praying to Him, from the heart, and when you do He will listen and He will say: Here I am.

     If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke. Get away from those preachers that teach the traditions of men and church systems. Their lies are what’s putting that yoke around your spiritual neck.

     If you keep going to these houses of nothing, if you think that He’ll save you by putting the cloak of innocency around you, then you’ve already drawn the short straw, because you know what you’re doing by continuing to go to those churches.

     Isaiah 58:10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:

     And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry. Give back some of what you’ve been blessed with.

    Then shall thy light rise in obscurity. Bad times will be overtaken by good times, blessings from our Father.

     Thy darkness be as the noonday. It may be midnight to those around you but, spiritually, you will shine as if the noonday sun were shining right on you because that sunlight comes directly from Him.

     Isaiah 58:11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

     He’s not going to take away everything that makes your life a little rough at times, we still have to deal with those things ourselves, it’s part of the test but, spiritually, you’ll be sitting in high cotton. And that’s the important part. Having security for your soul.

     That’s the main thing that we should all attempt to get in this life. Forget the Lexus or the bass boat or the vacation trips to Europe or making more money than you can spend. What’s it all going to be for, if you wind up in the Lake of Fire with Satan?

     This word fail doesn’t mean to fall short of the mark or be unsuccessful:

     Fail-- OT:3576 kazab (kaw-zab'); a primitive root; to lie (i.e. deceive), literally or figuratively:

     It means to lie, so let’s read the last part of that verse, with this in mind:

     Whose waters lie not.

     The Living Water. Jesus Christ. His Word. No lies because it’s written that our Father CANNOT lie:

     Ref: Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; KJV

     Verse 12.

     Isaiah 58:12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

     The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. this is yet future, and written to Israel, but, to us, it means that this breach is the lie that separates the truth of His Word from the lies of men.

     So many people think that they’re doing good by going to church every Sunday, and some of these people MAY have a preacher that doesn’t teach theological traditions, but those are few and far between.

     Religion has the kinks worked out, they've got the process down pat. A fifty-member choir softly singing in the background; flowers galore around the podium or lectern; expensive suits on the pastor and deacons; well quaffed hair-do’s and on it goes.

     I was driving down the street the other day and was passing by a Catholic church and felt a pang of desire to go in for just a moment. I haven’t been inside a Catholic church in over 60 years but having been raised, by my Momma, as a Catholic, I went to church 6 days a week from the time I could remember until I was a teenager.

     I drifted away when I moved out on my own because I could see some of the fallacies of their teachings but still, the reverence and security and closeness to our Father that I felt as a child, going into that building 6 days a week, it was hard to overcome, even at my present age.

     Traditions are hard to break, especially when instilled into a young child, so be careful where you take YOUR children. Be careful of what they hear in some church. They may remember it for the rest of their lives. It’s very difficult to UN-TEACH some things.

     Isaiah 58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

     If these are the things that you’re doing, then….

     Isaiah 58:14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. KJV

     Have you ever truly felt delight in the Lord? Sometimes when I get down on my knees and pray to Him, I really feel that He’s truly listening and I’ll go from speaking words that I feel that I need to say to Him, to just speaking to Him as though He were standing right in front of me, as a friend would do.

     And that’s exactly what He is, He is our friend and our closest relative. But don’t get cavalier with it, don’t go past certain boundaries, talk to Him with reverence and respect, knowing that He is our Creator and all powerful.

     For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. And what He says is always the truth. You can count on it.

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