Do life His way…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 1:7-20

Your country lies desolate;

 your cities are burned with fire;

 in your very presence

foreigners devour your land;

it is desolate, as overthrown by foreigners.

 And the daughter of Zion is left

 like a booth in a vineyard,

 like a lodge in a cucumber field,

 like a besieged city.

 If the LORD of hosts

 had not left us a few survivors,

 we should have been like Sodom,

 and become like Gomorrah.

Hear the word of the LORD,

you rulers of Sodom!

 Give ear to the teaching of our God,

 you people of Gomorrah!

  “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the LORD;

I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams

 and the fat of well-fed beasts;

 I do not delight in the blood of bulls,

 or of lambs, or of goats.

  “When you come to appear before me,

who has required of you

 this trampling of my courts?

 Bring no more vain offerings;

 incense is an abomination to me.

 New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations—

 I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.

  Your new moons and your appointed feasts

my soul hates;

 they have become a burden to me;

I am weary of bearing them.

  When you spread out your hands,

 I will hide my eyes from you;

 even though you make many prayers,

 I will not listen;

 your hands are full of blood.

 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;

 remove the evil of your deeds from

 before my eyes;

 cease to do evil,

learn to do good;

seek justice,

correct oppression;

 bring justice to the fatherless,

plead the widow’s cause.

 “Come now, let us reason together,

says the LORD:

 though your sins are like scarlet,

 they shall be as white as snow;

 though they are red like crimson,

 they shall become like wool.

  If you are willing and obedient,

you shall eat the good of the land;

  but if you refuse and rebel,

 you shall be eaten by the sword;

 for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

The images of desolation and destruction are seen today in our world.  Are they images of judgment?  Rather, are they not simply the consequences of our ways?  The focus and laws of spirit and natural were spoken into existence.  We are given the guidebook to good health, prosperous living, and peace but as a people we choose to do our own thing, do it our way – life that is.  As a result, our actions have impact upon others and our world that is destructive.  When a child rebels, it wants its own way; that way often has potential to bring it harm.  It lacks the wisdom of time that parents have.  So it is with humanity.  We lack the wisdom of the Creator who can tell us what the impact of our actions will bring.  And He has in His Word.  We rebel; we pay.

Then like children, we start doing right; without a change of heart it is meaningless .  We have prayers, feasts, celebrations, give offerings; we do without a change of heart.  We come to our temple, we worship, we pray, we give and we leave to do as we want.  No change.  As a child will go back to the rebellious behavior, we go back to learned behaviors that are in opposition to God’s commands.

The Word is clear: we are to take steps to ultimately be obedient.  Washing; a symbol of removing the dirt of our deeds; then cease the deed that brought the dirt.  Learn a new way; renew the mind by what is put into it.  Feed it the Word of God!  Seek justice and correct oppression.  Begin to do again this time in obedience to His way.  We must Know His way to do it. There are many who would teach us, but only one Word.  Salvation comes through Christ; he cleanses us, then fills us.  We study His commands and go out and do them, do life His way.

“Come now, let us reason together,

says the LORD:

 though your sins are like scarlet,

 they shall be as white as snow;

 though they are red like crimson,

 they shall become like wool.

  If you are willing and obedient,

you shall eat the good of the land;

  but if you refuse and rebel,

 you shall be eaten by the sword;

 for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

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