Such sorrowful words are spoken by our Lord in verse fifteen. God is obviously angry with Israel. He is not pleased with their sacrifices. He defines their appearances in His temple, “the trampling of His courts.” He is disgusted with their vain rituals.
Worthless offerings, burning of incense, calling of assemblies, He will no longer endure. Israel was wearing God out by coming to the festivals and feasts with unprepared hearts.
God spoke harsh but true words to the Israelites. He said; “When you spread out your hands in prayer; I will hide my eyes from you”. Why? The Bible promises: “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear my prayer.” God always keeps His Word.
In our day, people think as long as they don’t steal, kill or cheat, everything’s alright between them and the “Man Upstairs.” They are obeying three of the ten commandments but do they have a relationship with the God of Israel?
In Proverbs God tells us to “Watch over our hearts with all diligence, for from them flow the issues of life.” On a daily basis, we must purpose in our hearts not to sin against God. God is not ok with BIG or little sins. Sin is sin. We must ask Him daily to “search our hearts to see if there be any wicked way in us.”
Verse eighteen gives us great hope when it says, “Tho your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” God has always made a way for us to be restored. First it was the blood of goats and bulls, but now we have the blood of Jesus to cleanse us from all of our sins. There’s power in the blood of Jesus. Christ died once for all. If you have a personal relationship with Jesus; His blood will never lose it’s power.
Prayer in Motion:
Oh God, thank You for Your Word. It is Your promise to me. I not only read it and hear it but I choose to believe it. Your Word is life to my body and health to my bones. May I heed It all the days of my life. In Jesus Name. Amen