“What makes you think I want all your sacrifices?”
says the Lord.
“I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams
and the fat of fattened cattle.
I get no pleasure from the blood
of bulls and lambs and goats.
12 When you come to worship me,
who asked you to parade through my courts with all your ceremony?
13 Stop bringing me your meaningless gifts;
the incense of your offerings disgusts me!
As for your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath
and your special days for fasting—
they are all sinful and false.
I want no more of your pious meetings.
14 I hate your new moon celebrations and your annual festivals.
They are a burden to me. I cannot stand them!
15 When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look.
Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen,
for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims.
16 Wash yourselves and be clean!
Get your sins out of my sight.
Give up your evil ways.
17 Learn to do good.
Help the oppressed.
Defend the cause of orphans.
Fight for the rights of widows.
This was a word to Sodom and Gomorrah from God. God has had enough, he was sickened by their acts and life choices. Why? Here God is warning them and giving them a way out. He always gives us a way out even in our deepest sins He offers a way to freedom and salvation. Know this though, God will not be mocked, He will always expose our darkness and our actions. Why?
The people of Sodom and Gomorrah tried playing both sides of the fence, they would live their lives any way they wanted and still came to God with prayers, with their ceremonies, and with their offerings. In this chapter God says HE HATES their offerings and sacrifices and tells them to STOP bring them to him, he said they STINK to him. In verse 16 he says “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean. REMOVE the evil of your deeds from My sight, CEASE do to evil” God is saying STOP I hate this, it means NOTHING to me!!
Aren’t you glad we don’t live and act like the people from Sodom and Gomorrah? Or do we? We live how we like, say what we want, treat people like we feel like treating them, and then come to God with our prayers and sacrifices. LISTEN very closely here…. becoming Christlike is a growing experience. We have habits and life experiences we have to overcome!! God is patient, God is good and HE IS LOVE. When you were born again you became a new man and what is left are the habits you have, anger, hate, cursing, whatever it is. God speaks to the NEW MAN of how to rid yourself of these “old ways” and that is how growth takes place. GOD DOES NOT EXPECT you to become a “super Christian” soon as your are saved. BUT….He does expect you to grow and move towards holiness.
What he despises are men that talk one way and walk another way!!! Pretty pure and simple. He even gives us a way to help us in our growth… turn your focus away from yourself and start focusing on “doing good, seeking justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow” Verse 17 — in other words make your life about others and not YOU!!!
“As for me and my house, we will SERVE the Lord” …… in holiness, purity and integrity!!!
Now go out and have an EPIC day today!!!