1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. 2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
Godly people never condone hypocrisy! We are lights to the world showing the way to Christ! Lights have only one job! They shine!
Our shining is accomplished through raising our voices to shed light on unrighteousness and calling for a change of direction, repentance!
Many tell us that if we turn to God and plead with Him, He will heal our land. The fact is that God shall heal the land, BUT not in this season!
The Old Testament is a record of God’s work among Israel. The New is a record of His pausing that work and opening the doors to Gentiles. The pause does not represent a change, but instead represents the progression of God’s plan for the ages!
At the end of the gentile age God shall once again turn to Israel. He is now in the process to turning back to Israel! The book of Revelation is the story of that last progression.
Even today’s hypocrites shall turn to God and cry out for His salvation on His terms! They shall seek Him daily, and delight to know His ways!
They shall become righteousness in Christ, and honor the ordinances of God. Many will say that verse 2 is referring to only Israel. Actually it is referring to all who call upon the name of the Lord.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 10:13 is inclusive to all Jews and Gentiles alike who call upon the name of the Lord, Christ Jesus!
In the day of final reconciliation, all those that ask for justice shall receive His mercy!
James 2:13b mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
God mercy supersedes His Judgment! Humanly, we may think we want Judgment, but actually our desire is for God’s mercy!
Jesus came to bring mercy through salvation!
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
In the day of mercy, all those who have called on the Lord shall “delight in approaching to God.”
3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.
4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.
5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?
6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
Those who have falsely called upon the Lord have not received the benefits of His loving concern. They are still blind to His salvation!
They fast without seeing the benefit! They have afflicted their own souls because of the lack of understanding, relationship!
Isaiah 58:3a Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge (Heb yāda-יָדַע)?
Some teach that simply mouthing words to “call” upon God without His approval for the call is a valid. It is not! The calling is based on relationship!
But, in that day of mercy, all shall call from the heart and find the mercy of God.
Do you understand that the day shall come when every knee shall bow to Christ and every tongue shall swear an oath, confess that “Jesus Christ is Lord!” That is not just my opinion! It is the word of God!
While we are here, let me remind you of another of God’s pronouncements!
Today, we fast and debate with strife! We attack in anger! Although we are to shed light on unrighteousness, anger is not the way to shed that light!
In verse 5, God admonishes His people to speak in love, not in anger. Unfortunately the light is not being shed by the Church of today. Instead, our light is being shed in condemnation. That is unacceptable to the LORD!
The fast that God has chosen for us is “to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free”, so that “every yoke” may be broken!
Today we face an onslaught of homosexuality. I will not try to tell you that deviant behavior is wrong. You already know that and those who do it don’t care. But, in Christ there is a better way!
God’s love for you is not the issue!
Your love and understanding of Him is the issue!
When Christ confronted the demoniac, He found a man that abused his own body as do all homosexuals. Instead of condemning him, Christ healed him.
Notice how the Bible describes the healing of he demoniac.
To feed others physical food without offering the bread of life is a dreadful thing to do! To offer housing without offering them the opportunity to dwell in the House of the Lord is senseless! To clothe them without offering them the clothing of God’s righteousness is appalling!
Physical food, housing, and clothing are wonderful things. But without God’s food, housing and clothing, the Lake of Fire is one’s destiny!
8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.
9 Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:
11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
When we come to Christ, the lights go on! And, yes there is healing in His salvation, His atonement!
Some deny healing in salvation, BUT what do they think salvation is?
Salvation is spiritual healing!
Verse 8 ends with a remarkable phrase.
“[T]he glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.”
What is the world is that?
Rereward (Heb ʾāsap-אָסַף) speaks of a gathering!
We shall be gathered in Christ!
It is when we call from the heart that He hears from heaven and says, “Here I am.”
If we speak to the yokes of life in the name and power of Christ, they shall obey and desist! Otherwise we speak in vain!
The word has an intrinsic power to achieve what God has sent it accomplish! But, we must ask in accordance with His plan!
If we lift up those who are hungry and satisfy the inward parts of those who are afflicted by sin, then the Light within us, as Christians shall shine brightly! And, in that shining, the LORD (Heb yhwh-יהוה) shall guide us continually satisfying ever desire that we have. However, in that day, our only desire shall be for the LORD’s pleasure!
In the beginning, God gave a design for the end results! When we, the true Church, some into complete unity in His plan, we shall, at that time, repair the foundations of His creation as He has prophesied!
Many have abuse Scripture using it out of context, but in those days it shall be time to speak fully and powerfully! God in us shall be the Repairer of the breach, and the Restorer of paths.
13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
The last two verses of this chapter may come as a surprise to mainstream Christianity. But one of the things that shall be restored in the Sabbath!
There is no “Christian Sabbath!” There is only the Sabbath!
In the creation, God said all He made was ‘good.” But, God blessed only one created thing! He blessed the Sabbath!
Some things now observed in Christianity are man-made. The Sunday sabbath is one of those things!
The Sunday sabbath has its origins in the Roman Empire when the Roman Emperor Aurelian proclaimed that the entire Roman Empire must observe Sunday, the day of the sun in honor of the pagan god Sol Invictus in the year 274.
The Roman Church threw out the Bible and obeyed the Roman Emperor!
There is absolutely no biblical admonishment to observe Sunday as the Sabbath!
In verse 13 God warns that “If we as individuals turn away from honoring the Sabbath, then he shall ignore all we sway and ask for!
But, if we delight in the Sabbath, He shall lift us up and care for us! God ends the chapter, “for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.” Amen!