ZOE – SW – L10: Fasting – Isaiah 58

Isaiah 58

Dishonest fast

  • To please self
  • Still oppressing workers – no compassion
  • Still fighting and quarreling – no love for neighbor
  • Engaging in accusations, gossip & slander
  • Doing religious motions of penance – hypocrisy
  • Looking holy on the outside – pride & arrogance, hypocrisy

Proper fast

  • Showing love & compassion to others
  • …. freeing those wrongly imprisoned – justice
  • … lightening the burden of workers – freedom from oppression
  • … food to the hungry, shelter to the homeless, clothes to the needy – generous to the poor
  • … not hiding from relatives who need help – being available to help

Benefits of a proper fast

  • Salvation will come like the dawn
  • Wounds will heal quickly – quick restoration
  • Your righteousness will lead to peace and prosperity
  • Glory of the Lord will protect one from the unseen
  • The Lord will answer ones call quickly

For ones light to shine in the darkness and gloom to become like midday

  • Feed the hungry
  • Satisfy the need of the afflicted

The Lord will be a continuous guide

  • Giving water when we are dry
  • Restoring our strength
  • Will be like a well watered garden
  • … like an ever flowing spring

Some will be empowered to:

  • Rebuild & restore ancient city foundations
  • Sort out destroyed family / bloodline  foundations
  • Restore walls of protection – where the enemy accesses
  • Rebuild homes / families

Sabbath is not for

  • Pursuing personal interests
  • Idle talk
  • Grumbling and complaining about it

Sabbath is for

  • Being kept holy and dedicated to the Lord
  • Speak of it well with joy
  • being honored in everything we do

Blessings for honoring the Sabbath

  • We shall take pleasure in the Lord
  • We shall be greatly honored in the earth
  • We shall be satisfied with the inheritance of Jacob

 

Genesis 27:28-29 (AMP)

  • … God’s promise to Jacob

28 
Now may God give you of the dew of heaven [to water your land],
And of the fatness (fertility) of the earth,
And an abundance of grain and [d]new wine;
29 
May peoples serve you,
And nations bow down to you;
Be lord and master over your brothers,
And may your mother’s sons bow down to you.
May those who curse you be cursed,
And may those who bless you be blessed.

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