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April 7 - A Fast that Satisfies (Isaiah 58:1-14)

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Worship Songs

I Want To Be Where You Are
Hail The Day That Christ Arose - Click to listen to the new song
Let The Nations Be Glad
Salvation Belongs To Our God

Adult Education

Josh Herring will continue teaching a series on the Old Testament: History of Israel. This class will be at 10:00am in the Youth Room.

Isaiah 58:1-14

“Cry aloud; do not hold back;
    lift up your voice like a trumpet;
declare to my people their transgression,
    to the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet they seek me daily
    and delight to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that did righteousness
    and did not forsake the judgment of their God;
they ask of me righteous judgments;
    they delight to draw near to God.
‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not?
    Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’
Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure,a]">[a]
    and oppress all your workers.
Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight
    and to hit with a wicked fist.
Fasting like yours this day
    will not make your voice to be heard on high.
Is such the fast that I choose,
    a day for a person to humble himself?
Is it to bow down his head like a reed,
    and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him?
Will you call this a fast,
    and a day acceptable to the Lord?

“Is not this the fast that I choose:
    to loose the bonds of wickedness,
    to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
    and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
    and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
    and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
    the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
    you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you take away the yoke from your midst,
    the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 if you pour yourself out for the hungry
    and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
    and your gloom be as the noonday.
11 And the Lord will guide you continually
    and satisfy your desire in scorched places
    and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
    like a spring of water,
    whose waters do not fail.
12 And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
    you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
    the restorer of streets to dwell in.

13 “If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath,
    from doing your pleasure on my holy day,
and call the Sabbath a delight
    and the holy day of the Lord honorable;
if you honor it, not going your own ways,
    or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly;
14 then you shall take delight in the Lord,
    and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth;
I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father,
    for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”


Just to remind you, as a church we are fasting on the second Tuesday of each month.  Fasting together is called a corporate fast, since we are joining with one another together for common purposes, for God’s favor. What do I mean? We are not fasting for more money, better health or other temporal issues but we want more of God. We have fasted for an increasing love for God, his Spirit and to delight in his Son. We want to be satisfied in our Triune God that we live lives pleasing to him and helpful to others. While we have addressed reasons for fasting in previous sermons, I want to look at how to fast rightly and the blessings that will be ours through it. In Isaiah 58, Isaiah calls us to a fast that pleases God and that brings us great spiritual blessings. I want us to consider how we fast. Our passage begins with confronting a wrongful fast, one that flows from a superficial faith with a true fast, one that desires God and to live rightly before him. This true fast will lead to divine favor and fruit in our lives as a church.

Review and Apply

How does Isaiah expose hypocrisy in faith? What evidence of hypocrisy exists in your faith?

What flawed attitude of faith does God expose in their fasting? How is this present in your faith?

How is the genuineness of your faith evidenced in your care for others?

Which blessing are you most desirous for and why (8-12)?