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Monday 26 January, 02004

Isaiah 58: Paraphrase

by Matthew Bartlett @ 9:29 am

YO Isaiah: tell Israel what their problem is! –
They are very pious in church, and they fast regularly
But when they get back home, they beat their slaves and
ignore the needy
Do I the Lord care that you reguarly attend the proper services when you ignore the hungry and oppress the poor?
Instead – THIS is how you should worship me: free the slaves, share your abundance, house the homeless in your own house. Then i will bless you like you want me to, and answer you when you pray. Then you will live in the garden of eden, and last for generations. If you make your worship services no longer lies, if you extend the Sabbath rest to those who need it most, THEN I will raise you up, and restore you to your former glory.
[Isaiah 58 ESV]

6 responses to “Isaiah 58: Paraphrase”

  1. Aaron says:

    amen matt. that’s very good. bit of a serious challenge eh?

  2. david says:

    I still wanna talk to you about your commentary on this passage matt. no 100% comfy with it. It’s good, but not sure if it matches what the text is about 100%.

  3. Deb says:

    Hey! It may be in the International Year of Matthew, but that’s *my* theme!

    (Actually its a pretty choice summary.)

  4. david says:

    ah, Deb, I think you will find that this discussion arose due to your comments about your theme.

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