Today you should read: Isaiah 29
In Matthew 15 Jesus is confronting the Pharisees about how they hold their man-made traditions in higher regard than God’s laws. He quotes from our passage in Isaiah today in verses 8-9.
“These people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.” Isaiah 29:13
So many years after Isaiah pronounces judgment on Jerusalem for their false, in-sincere, heartless worship of God the people are still at it. The Pharisees were more concerned about their reputations and their traditions than living their life sold out to God. These traditions bring about a legalistic, ritualistic form of an empty religion. This is where the people of Isaiah’s time were and this is where the Pharisees were as well.
Sadly, this is also an accurate portrait of many Christians and church-goers today. We see people who come to church, put on their Sunday best and a nice smile, give a little and then head out and live their life as they want to. Many others live as though going to church and following rules and regulations is what cultivates their religious standing with God. We have to remember a few things about what God wants from us:
1. God prefers our heart to our stuff- See Psalm 51
2. The law of God was never meant to bring us to God but rather to show us our need for a Savior- See Romans 3:20
3. God loves things like justice, mercy, humility to strength, piety and “perfection”- See Micah 6:8
Posted by: Robbie Byrd