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God's True Fast

Posted on 30 December, 2011 at 7:30
                                     Isaiah 58
 
Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins. For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. Why have we fasted,’ they say,‘ and  you have not seen it?  Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’ Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers.
 
Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high.  Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself?  Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes?
 
Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
 
Then your light will break forth like the dawn and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.  If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
 
“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 on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
The mouth of the Lord has spoken.
 
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We all desire for God to hear our prayers when we seek His face and call upon Him for help. Fasting is a sacrificing, very humbling and intimate way in calling upon and seeking God.  God is requiring for us (believers) this day a “True Fast” not just a fast that we deny ourselves of earthly pleasures to show God that we are serious in hearing from Him and seeing His divine intervention on our behalf, and then afterwards, we return to our own pleasures and our own way of doing things.  This is what the Lord was saying to the ancient Zion in the biblical days, and now today, the modern branch of Zion. The Lord says, “this is not the kind of fast that I desire for my people; but rather, the kind of “True Fast” whereby you humble yourselves (deny yourselves) daily as you seek my face and call upon by name: forgive your offenders, be kind and just to one another, feed the hungry, help the homeless and those whom are less fortunate than you, and do not forsake your children (family).
 
This is the kind of "True Fast" that the Lord desires for His people in Isaiah 58:6-7,
as it relates to the modern branch of Zion today:
 
6“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
7Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
 
Today, God desires for every believer to live in a constant state of a “True Fast”. 
 
 
 

Categories: December 2011

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