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Blog Home. Events Give The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible. Sodom and Gomorrah are symbols of gross immorality Genesis 18, The whole city has been contaminated by the current leaders and a single judgment awaits them all, just as it did in Sodom and Gomorrah. Even in the elaborate directions that God gave the Israelites for exactly how to make sacrifices, God emphasized the need for confession of sin and payment of restitution.
Sacrifices of animals alone were not enough for people to be forgiven. God required, and still requires, a turning away from the sin and making right what they had done wrong. Leviticus and 16 NAS:. When they give their payments to the priest, he will make atonement for them with the ram sacrificed as a guilt offering, and they will be forgiven. When you hurt or offend someone, God is saying He wants you to be truly sorry and then to do whatever you can to make things right.
If you stole something of value you are to replace its value plus an additional twenty percent. What do you think would happen if we applied this principle to our judicial system today, especially in regard to what is called white-collar crime? It would probably be much more effective than our current method of handling such criminals. If I brought you a burnt offering, you would not accept it. A broken and repentant heart, O God, you will not despise.wp.embedded-vision.com/sitemap15.xml
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God is dealing here with the contradiction between our outward religious actions and our real lives, the masks we wear and our real self. The emphasis here is on Monday through Saturday, not just Sunday morning. So Isaiah is not only speaking to the Jews in Jerusalem but also to the churches in the United States as well as everywhere else.
New moon and sabbath, the calling of assemblies— I cannot endure iniquity and the solemn assembly. Based on what God is saying here to Israel, how do you think He feels about all the rituals and ceremonies that have been acted out in so many churches? The word Abomination in verse 13 is a term for pagan practices which were forbidden among the Israelites.
Leviticus NAS describes the role of blood in the sacrifice :. I have given you the blood so you can make atonement for your sins. It is the blood, representing life, that brings you atonement. We could safely translate this last part of verse 11 as: It is the blood, representing life, that brings you forgiveness and everlasting life. One day in the future Christ would make the final blood sacrifice for all people for all time. We see here in this Isaiah passage that God is rejecting the blood sacrifice of the Jews because it is mingled together with the blood of innocent victims.
The blood is therefore representative of oppression and violence. Your hands are covered with blood. Cease to do evil,. This is a reference to purity rather than ritual washing. Like holiness, purity is a matter of the heart. God wants your heart. One was expected to live up to the ethical standards of their religion.
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Forgiveness is possible but it requires moral courage and obedience rather than going through some ritual or good work. Basically God is saying that yes He had told them to bring sacrifices to the Temple as worship. You see, God has always been most concerned about whether our hearts truly belong to Him. The test of obedience is not whether or not they kept the Ten Commandments or any of the other laws, but to what extent they sought after justice, correcting oppression, defending the fatherless, and pleading for the widow and orphan.
Snow and wool are substances that are naturally white, and therefore represent what is clean, the blood-guilt having been removed Psalm Forgiveness is not unconditional. It comes through repentance as verse 19 indicates. Isaiah concludes this section by reminding them that the road to blessing is paved with obedience.
All through the books of the Old Testament the choice is laid before us as it is here and in Deuteronomy , Today I am giving you a choice between prosperity and disaster, between life and death. I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make.
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Oh, that you would choose life , that you and your descendants might live! Righteousness once lodged in her, But now murderers. Again, because God likens His relationship with His people to a marriage relationship, when His people forsake Him, disobey and go astray, He compares that to their having an affair, or going to prostitutes.
Bribery and corruption were commonplace. Widows and orphans were neglected.
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Jerusalem, the city which had once represented all that was good in the days of David and Solomon, had become filled with impurity and selfish indulgence. One of the reasons we feel it so essential to teach this book is so that those who are willing to listen and learn will see the commonality between what happened to Judah and what is happening to the United States. For those of us who grew up in the forties and fifties, the evidence is quite clear. The culture that had for a large part been based on Judeo-Christian values and ethics has been seriously declining and is almost lost.
Sex and general behavior have become perverted to a level far, far below anything I can remember as a young man. Color Scheme. Bible Tools Search.
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