Please Join – Interrupted Week 4

I think we can all participate in this – you don’t have to be a part of the blog Bible study to join in this discussion.

Interrupted Week 4 needs nothing other than reading this passage and commenting.

Read Isaiah 58:1-5.

What were the people busy doing in this passage?

Does it seem odd to you that God was angry? Why or why not?

Have you ever felt like you were doing everything right but God was not pleased? What were the circumstances?

Consider now the interaction between God and the people.

What was the people’s complaint against God?

What was God’s complaint against the people?

What does this tell us about the worth of good intentions?

How about motive? What does this passage reveal about God’s opinion regarding our motives?

Now read Isaiah 58:6-10.

What was God looking for from the israelites more than their religious actions?

Is that convicting to you? How should that reality impact our idea of what should occupy the church’s time?

Let’s hear it!!!!


3 thoughts on “Please Join – Interrupted Week 4

    1. Ok…

      So, as I was saying LOL…

      I love the Message: They’re busy, busy, busy at worship, and love studying all about me.
      To all appearances they’re a nation of right-living people—law-abiding, God-honoring.

      Yet God was angry: I wasn’t suprised. Not as I kept reading but I be they were! We have the advantage of a different perspective. The author gives us the right answer.

      Yes, I have felt that way. The circumstance? HA! I did it all the “right way”. I lived the life I believed pleased God. Then, I wasn’t blessed the way I expected. And oh was I angry. If I shared the circumstances…. well I wouldn’t like me so I won’t k? 😉

      The peoples complaint: ‘Why do we fast and you don’t look our way? Why do we humble ourselves and you don’t even notice?

      I wonder what recognition were they awaiting?

      God’s complaint:
      The bottom line on your ‘fast days’ is profit. You drive your employees much too hard. You fast, but at the same time you bicker and fight. You fast, but you swing a mean fist. The kind of fasting you do won’t get our prayers off the ground. Do you think this is the kind of fast day I’m after: a day to show off humility? To put on a pious long face and parade around only in black? Do you call that fasting, a fast day that I, God, would like?

      Good intentions: Well, I don’t have any. My sinful heart looks out for me first usually. I end up fighting more with myself than with our enemy I think. My focus isn’t usually intentions but justice for all sorts of situations. Especially ones that impact me or my family. I think God might say to me “Hey Anique, will you trust me?” When I say yes and take His hand… what will He show me? Will I finally see the world and all the people in it through His eyes? His perception?

      What was God looking for from HIS people? break the chains of injustice,get rid of eploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts.
      sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless or into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. (OUCH!!)
      get rid of unfair practices, quit blaming victims, quit gossiping about other people’s sins, If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out.

      Yes it’s convicting. When I think of the church… I sometimes forget that we are people and God is building us up. Do I build up others? Do I take the time to reach out and do because I have been saved and my faith is not dead? Or do I do because my works are there but my faith is dead? God recently reminded me of a passage I haven’t seen in a long, long, time. Not with the eyes of my heart anyways.

      Ephesians 2:19-22 (The Message)

      19-22That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.

      We are a brick in God’s Holy Temple. How many other bricks am I making? Am I building up my husband and children so they too can go out and balance their faith with works and become part of God’s grand masterpiece? His temple. This is the best picture of the church. The bride of Christ. We create buildings and gather inside. God creates His holy temple out of PEOPLE and gathers inside! Love it. Hope you were blessed as I was. Sorry so long winded!!

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