Isaiah Chapter 58
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2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.
5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?
7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
9 Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
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Matthew Henry's Isaiah Chapter 58 Bible commentary...
Hypocrisy reproved. (1,2) A counterfeit and a true fast, with promises to real godliness, and, (3-12) to the keeping the sabbath. (13,14)1,2 The Holy Spirit had hypocrites of every age in view. Self-love and timid Christians may say, Spare thyself; dislike to the cross and other motives will say, "Spare the rich and powerful;" but God says, "Spare not:" and we must obey God, not men. We all need earnestly to pray for God's assistance in examining ourselves. Men may go far toward heaven, yet come short; and they may go to hell with a good reputation.
3-12 A fast is a day to afflict the soul; if it does not express true sorrow for sin, and does not promote the putting away of sin, it is not a fast. These professors had shown sorrow on stated or occasioned fasts. But they indulged pride, covetousness, and malignant passions. To be liberal and merciful is more acceptable to God than mere fasting, which, without them, is vain and hypocritical. Many who seem humble in God's house, are hard at home, and harass their families. But no man's faith justifies, which does not work by love. Yet persons, families, neighbourhoods, churches, or nations, show repentance and sorrow for sin, by keeping a fast sincerely, and, from right motives, repenting, and doing good works. The heavy yoke of sin and oppression must be removed. As sin and sorrow dry the bones and weaken the strongest human constitution; so the duties of kindness and charity strengthen and refresh both body and mind. Those who do justly and love mercy, shall have the comfort, even in this world. Good works will bring the blessing of God, provided they are done from love to God and man, and wrought in the soul by the Holy Spirit.
13,14 The sabbath is a sign between God and his professing people; his appointing it is a sign of his favour to them; and their observing it is a sign of their obedience to him. We must turn from travelling on that day; from doing our pleasure on that holy day, without the control and restraint of conscience; or from indulging in the pleasures of sense. On sabbath days we must not follow our callings, or our pleasures. In all we say and do, we must put a difference between this day and other days. Even in Old Testament times the sabbath was called the Lord's day, and is fitly called so still; and for a further reason, it is the Lord Christ's day, #Re 1:10|. If we thus remember the sabbath day to keep it holy, we shall have the comfort and profit of it, and have reason to say, It is good to draw near to God.
Joyce Hutto's Isaiah Chapter 58 comment on 4/26/2013, 1:35pm...
Isaiah Chapter 58 is an admonishment to 'do our alms before God and not before man". We are to prepare all week for The Sabbath so that when we come before God,we do not come empty handed.We are to keep that day set aside ,not to follow our hobbies but to rest, enjoying our families, and worshipping Him who is master of all.
Joyce Hutto's Isaiah Chapter 58 comment on 4/26/2013, 1:29pm...
@Queen; The Sabbath is a day set aside by any one person as a day of dedicated worship to our Lord.To some it is Saturday and to others it is Sunday, and to others it is sunday even though the calendar states that day is the first day of the week,but to them spritually it is the 7th day. It is not in which day of the week as much so as it is a day of worship on a 7 day cycle.
Queen's Isaiah Chapter 58 comment on 4/26/2013, 9:57am...
God’s Sabbath day is on Saturday, the seventh day, not Sunday. People need to go back to creation when God said he created the earth in six days and rested the seven day and blessed it. Sunday is the first day of the week. If Sunday is the Sabbath then why did the bible say that Jesus rose on the first day of the week which is Sunday?
Pushpa's Isaiah Chapter 58 comment on 2/23/2013, 3:44am...
Sunday is not the Sabbath day. According to Isaiah 58, Sabbath is Saturday. Please refer to the 10 commandments.
Elizabeth's Isaiah Chapter 58 comment on 11/15/2012, 6:36am...
What a fast, to bind up the broken hearted, to clothe the naked, to relieve the oppressed? How many things we do that are not approved by the Lord, Lord help me to surrender, and let your will be the will for my life. If thou turn away thy foot from trampling my Sabbath, what a promise of blessings shall be ours.
Michael A Gibson's Isaiah Chapter 58 comment on 11/13/2012, 8:22am...
Chapter 58 of Isaiah teaches us more about fasting and Monday through to Saturday are God's days for us to work and pray and prepare ourselves for Sunday the Sabbath or the day that is for God and we should be fixed on him. When the troubles of the world come against us we should not step back from them, but press forward and fight. Our greatest weapon is the word of God and the word is and should lead to our Worship. We men are made for War and therefore we are equipped with the tools spoken of in Isaiah chapter 58 to go to battle with. Give it to God and fast and pray and as the scripture says "Don't do it to be heard", which is fasting to be heard or seen and let us do the things of God not just on Sunday but from Sunday to Sunday. In ministry classes we were taught "Much Prayer Much Power, Little Prayer Little Power and no Prayer no Power”. So fasting and praying and seeking God and giving it all to him can and will set us free from the things that had us bound. Amen.
Devon's Isaiah Chapter 58 comment on 11/05/2012, 9:29pm...
Isaiah 58 is an example of the acceptable fast. It is the secret to loose the bands of wickedness, undo heavy burden and to let the oppressed go free. Simply put, it is the secret to Deliverance. Apply it and your will change.
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