Yahweh hasn't veered from the same theme from Isaiah 1, here all the way into chapter 58: you come to worship me, Yahweh says, acting as if you want to learn my ways, but what you are really after is your way, your pleasure, your delight, your opinion about worship, about pastors, about churches, about elders, about fellow parishioners or followers of Jesus.
We want God to judge us fairly, want God to be near us! Here's what Yahweh says next:
The resounding answer to the Lord's question is, "NO!" This is not the kind of fast He wants.
Tomorrow we'll look at the kind of fast Yahweh really wants. Until then, we have some praying to do about these words of God.
PRAYER AND FASTING
By now some of us have fasted a few weeks from something, maybe trivial or maybe something pretty significant. By now we might think our three weeks of fasting is kind of a big deal. Would you show us what you really desire? Show us what true fasting is really all about? Thank you, Yahweh, King of the Armies of Heaven.
Have you been collecting anything for the poor from times you've fasted from food or something that costs money? If not, why not start now? Save $8 by skipping Subway and having something simple like a piece of fruit and some nuts for lunch. Take the $8 you save and stash it in your car console until you see a homeless person begging for money with a cardboard sign. Ask no questions, make no judgments, smile, and give the person the money.