It may be a new year, but we are still working through the book of Isaiah. Today we learn all about intentionally not eating food.
“‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,‘and you have not seen it?’” – Isaiah 58:3
A good question because it’s a silly thing for God to command. Show me your love by not eating!
“Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists.” – Isaiah 58:4
Oh cut people some slack. You know damn well you’d do the same thing if you had the hangries! 🙂
“‘If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.’ For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” – Isaiah 58:13-14
So basically the Lord is grumpy because the people are not fasting correctly.
Here’s the deal, the requirement to fast on the Sabbath (one day each week) to honor God is a stupid ritual that doesn’t make people any more or any less moral. It actually encourages mistakes as we know that lack of food, water, and sleep result in people making poor decisions. By requiring a fast, God is intentionally making it more likely people will do harm to others.
Coming Soon: Isaiah – Chapter 59: Sin, Confession and Redemption