Memory Text: If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday (Isaiah 58:10, NKJV).
Our objective as Christians is to show love to everyone no matter who is involved. Prophet Isaiah’s spiritual principle was to show love to those who are oppressed and this is the same thing the couples in Lincoln showed to the Ku Klux Klan Leader who was touched by the love and got transformed into a better person as a result.
What is the contradiction in Isaiah 55:1 when Isaiah talks about buying something for free?
God has offered us salvation for free but the word, ‘buy’ because what is offered is very valuable. However, it is not exactly free because we will get it in exchange for something other than money.
What is the price for our salvation?
The price for our salvation was the blood of Christ as we can see in 1 Peter 1: 18, 19.
What does God’s message in Isaiah 55:8, 9 teach Us?
God’s ways are higher than ours, He is way superior to US and this should imply a sense of humility in Us and this humility should let Us forsake our wicked ways and seek the Lord while He may be found.
What does the fast in Isaiah 58:3 refer to?
It refers to the day of atonement following the parallel expression to humble yourselves. The day of atonement explains God’s command to lift up your voice like a trumpet.
What was wrong with the people’s fast?
Their fasts should have been done in thankfulness to God Who saved them in the day of judgment and not to get God’s approval for their piety and devotion.
What does the Lord expect from those who display self-denial for Christ?
The Lord seeks a church that will preach the gospel not just by self-denial but by spending our time and energy in helping those who are in need. Matthew 25: 40, and James 1: 27 tell us the core of Christian love.
Why does Isaiah discuss the Sabbath in Isaiah 58:13, 14?
The yearly day of atonement is the Sabbath day and just as the day of atonement lasts from evening to evening so should the weekly Sabbath. It is a day of rest, worship, self-sacrificing kindness and humility.
Prophet Isaiah’s appeal to his people is to turn from their wicked ways to God (depicted in the day of atonement), whose happiness is higher than Ours. The gift of God transforms the heart, it teaches us to love and have compassion for the less fortunate. Real benevolence cannot be practiced without self-denial. I pray that We turn from our way to God’s that is filled with true love and happiness in Jesus’ name.