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Isaiah 1.11, 12, and 15
11 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 fed beasts;
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
or of lambs, or of goats.
12 When you come to appear before me,
who asked this from your hand?
Trample my courts no more;
15 When you stretch 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.
Isaiah pictures God as viewing our self-deceiving worship as someone who tramples God’s throne-room with filthy shoes. God hides his presence from such religious activity and he does not listen to the prayers of such so-called worship.
Jesus is called “Wonderful Counselor” (Isaiah 9.6), because he is the best counselor in the world. As the greatest counselor of all, Jesus will never burden people with guilt and shame. He is truly the most loving and accepting Being of all.
However, he wouldn’t be our Wonderful Counselor if he didn’t confront our blind spots.
If we approach worship as entertainment, or as a “feel good” experience, or a time to meet with friends, but remain tied to the standards of a corrupt world, then we have a serious problem.
Jesus wants more for us. As our Wonderful Counselor he points out ways of approaching the Father that fail us, so he can lead us to worship that will bless God and us, too.
Dear God, please remove all of my self-deception and show me my true inside condition. Please give me the power to give you the actual worship you deserve.
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