During the time of Isaiah, the people of Judah thought about God. They offered sacrifices of bulls, lambs, and goats. They recognized the sabbaths and celebrated their feasts. Yes, they even lifted up their hands to God in prayer. Yet, God did not recognize them (Isaiah 1:11-15
). But weren’t these good things they were engaged in? How could God not acknowledge the good?
The first article in this series (Wash Yourselves: Cease to Do Evil
) examined how the people needed to cease to do evil. The presence of evil – disobedience to God no matter how small or great – is what separates man and God (Isaiah 59:1-2
). God needs things done according to the truth He has commanded. He also needs them done according to the Spirit He has commanded. Many believe walking after God in Obedience was an Old Testament phenomena and serving him with the heart is a New Testament Phenomena. However, God never separated two.
1 Samuel 12:24 – Only fear the LORD, and serve