July 01, 2018: SOAP #3132: Isaiah 1-3; Titus 3 Scripture:  Isaiah (NIV) 1:11 “The multitude of your sacrifices"what are they to me?” says the LORD. “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.   16 […]

July 01, 2018: SOAP #3132: Isaiah 1-3; Titus 3

Scripture:  Isaiah (NIV) 1:11 “The multitude of your sacrifices"what are they to me?” says the LORD. “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.   16 wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, 17 learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.

Observation:    The neighboring nations around Israel served idols.   They worshipped their idols by bringing sacrifices.   They brought food and drink that their god might need. But their idols were dead, needing nothing.

Israel worshipped the one, true, living God.   He also needed nothing!  Not because He is dead, but because He is the Creator of all things! The purpose of Israel's sacrifices to the living God was to teach them about the One promised to come.    God would send His Son, Jesus, to be the sacrifice for their sins.   God did not need their sacrifices for Him, but. how THEY needed His SACRIFICE for them!!!!

Application:   God was not so interested in the sacrifice they made; He was interested in THEM!     And God is not so interested in what I can give Him; He is interested in me!    I cannot give God something He needs, but I can give him someone He loves"me!

Prayer:   Heavenly Father, I am the sacrifice you desire.   May my life be pleasing to you.   When I please you, I have the greatest joy and You have the greatest glory.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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