Isaiah 1:10-20 Common English Bible (CEB)
10 Hear the Lord’s word, you leaders of Sodom.
Listen to our God’s teaching,
people of Gomorrah!
11 What should I think about all your sacrifices?
says the Lord.
I’m fed up with entirely burned offerings of rams
and the fat of well-fed beasts.
I don’t want the blood of bulls, lambs, and goats.
12 When you come to appear before me,
who asked this from you,
this trampling of my temple’s courts?
13 Stop bringing worthless offerings.
Your incense repulses me.
New moon, Sabbath, and the calling of an assembly—
I can’t stand wickedness with celebration!
14 I hate your new moons and your festivals.
They’ve become a burden that I’m tired of bearing.
15 When you extend your hands,
I’ll hide my eyes from you.
Even when you pray for a long time,
I won’t listen.
Your hands are stained with blood.
16 Wash! Be clean!
Remove your ugly deeds from my sight.
Put an end to such evil;
17 learn to do good.
help the oppressed;
defend the orphan;
plead for the widow.
18 Come now, and let’s settle this,
says the Lord.
Though your sins are like scarlet,
they will be white as snow.
If they are red as crimson,
they will become like wool.
19 If you agree and obey,
you will eat the best food of the land.
20 But if you refuse and rebel,
you will be devoured by the sword.
The Lord has said this.
We can mime. We can dance and shout real pretty too.
We can spew eloquent poetry and music lyrics in melodious tones and rhythmic beats.
We can make the guitar talk and the keyboard cry and the drums move our feet.
We can wave our hands in the air like we just don’t care and say “hallelujah,” “Praise the Lord” and “Amen” with the angelic host.
And none of these things do God require. And none will keep us from being lost.
But what He does command of us is to be born again of the water and of the Spirit and keep His Holy Commandments. Yet, some refuse to obey God’s WORD and thus in the end He must damn them.
Some think that they can play with God and praise Him while in immorality, rebellion and sin. Some think that they can worship their way to Heaven if they give money time and time again.
But Why not OBEY ACTS 2:38 and enter into The WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE. Then and only then will your worship and your praise be RIGHT.
UNTIL WE REPENT AND OBEY, OUR WORSHIP AND PRAISES ARE REJECTED BY GOD.
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