Why do you go to church?
Here are some very strong words coming from the Lord in judgment on how His people come to Him in worship. God ordained the sacrificial system back in the days of Moses. All you have to do is read the book of Leviticus to see how detailed this system was. But something has happened. Something about the system has become terribly wrong. Through Isaiah, God is telling the people to stop sacrificing to Him because they are a stench to Him. He tells them that He can’t stand their sacrifices any longer. In verse 13 He says, “Bring your worthless sacrifices no longer…” What has made them worthless? Why is God sick and tired of the sacrifices He ordained?
If you read the whole chapter you will learn that the people of Israel were performing the sacrifices out of ritual obedience. They were simply doing what their forefathers had done without any meaning or purpose. Their actions were right, but their hearts were far from the Lord. There isn’t anything more revolting to God than to remove intimacy from our spiritual practices. The sacrificial system was designed by God to be the way that the people of Israel could deal with their sins against God and one another. It was the way to repair the brokenness in their relationships. In the days of Isaiah, it simply became religious ritual. It was being done to appease God and because it was what they had always done. Intimacy and meaning were completely lost. God couldn’t take it any longer. They were living their daily lives any way they wanted and performing rituals on the sabbath to appease God. He finally tells them just to stop!
What’s the take away? God doesn’t want our ritual obedience. He wants our hearts and our lives. He wants every part of our being to be intimately involved in our worship and life. He wants us to repent of our brokenness and to continually seek His grace and favor. He wants there to be intimacy and meaning in everything we do with and for Him.
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