To Loose the Bonds of Wickedness (Isaiah 58)

Sermon Audio: 22min

Isaiah 58:1-12

This sermon is the tenth of twelve in a series on Isaiah.
This sermon is the tenth of twelve in a series on Isaiah.

“Cry aloud; do not hold back;
    lift up your voice like a trumpet;
declare to my people their transgression,
    to the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet they seek me daily
    and delight to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that did righteousness
    and did not forsake the judgment of their God;
they ask of me righteous judgments;
    they delight to draw near to God.
‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not?
    Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’
Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure,
    and oppress all your workers.
Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight
    and to hit with a wicked fist.
Fasting like yours this day
    will not make your voice to be heard on high.
Is such the fast that I choose,
    a day for a person to humble himself?
Is it to bow down his head like a reed,
    and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him?
Will you call this a fast,
    and a day acceptable to the Lord?

“Is not this the fast that I choose:
    to loose the bonds of wickedness,
    to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
    and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
    and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
    and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
    the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
    you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you take away the yoke from your midst,
    the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 if you pour yourself out for the hungry
    and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
    and your gloom be as the noonday.
11 And the Lord will guide you continually
    and satisfy your desire in scorched places
    and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
    like a spring of water,
    whose waters do not fail.
12 And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
    you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
    the restorer of streets to dwell in.

One comment

  1. Alleen Moris

    I was curious after this reading to understand what is meant by “loosing the bands of wickedness.” We can all agree that we are all held by some kind of chain or chord to something, that thing is different for everyone. You have to decide what is the chain or chord that is holding you. Pray to God and ask him to show you. When he reveals this to you, go back to him, pray and fast for him to release and to break this chain and replace it with a love for the scriptures. You see until there is nothing holding us bound in chains can we truly give our hearts to God in true worship so that we can now give him all our heart, all our mind, all our soul, and all our strength. God need for us to be honest with him so that he can now use us to feed the hungry, bring into our homes the poor and the out cast, to cover them that are naked. Then and only then can the promise in the chapter be fulfilled. Notice the promise, it you satisfy the desire of the afflicted PROMISE: Your light shall rise in the darkness, Your gloom will be like noon day, the Lord will continually guide you and satisfy your desire in the scorched places, He will make your bones strong, and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt, and you shall raise up the foundations of many generations, you shall be called the repairer of the breach. Then what are we waiting for.

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