Old Testament Reading
Isaiah 1:10-20, has two distinct sections. The beginning section, verses 10-17, contains a call to hear the word of the Lord. The people are told that God is tired of their religious practices because those practices are not accompanied by righteous works and are surrounded by evil deeds. This first section is summed up in verse 17, where the people are told to “learn to do good, seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” I would sum it up as, “I (God) don’t like what you are doing, straighten up, do better or else!” The second section of the reading, verses 18-20, expands and interprets the main point of the first section. This section also presents in very clear terms the alternatives available: “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
Have we accompanied our religious practice with acts righteousness?