The Day God Hated His Appointed Feasts

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Isaiah1:11 “What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me?”
Says the LORD.
“I [a]have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
And the fat of fed cattle;
And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs or goats.
12 “When you come to appear before Me,
Who requires [b]of you this trampling of My courts?
13 “Bring your worthless offerings no longer,
Incense is an abomination to Me.
New moon and sabbath, the calling of assemblies—
I cannot endure iniquity and the solemn assembly.
14 “I hate your new moon festivals and your appointed feasts,
They have become a burden to Me;
I am weary of bearing them. ”

If God requires people to keep Sabbath and keep festivals, He certainly is changing it up here in Isaiah. “Hate”is a strong word for something supposedly necessary and sacred to God.

But looking at it from a New Covenant perspective, we see that He does not require it. He is after the heart and He always was. It’s not about keeping festivals and Sabbaths; if it were, He would be pleased with Judah in this passage. Instead, He’s disgusted with them. The only explanation for this is their hearts were far from Him and it made everything they did, even keeping tenets of the law, undesirable.

Even more interestingly, sacrifices didn’t make it any better. In vs. 11, God says He’s tired of the sacrifices. What kind of God is this that demands all this and then when it is given is still not satisfied or pleased?

It is the God who isn’t appeased by trinkets and the superficial. He is after intimate communion with whosoever will believe. It will never be enough to complete the Law. We must rely on the Holy Spirit to teach us what it means to please God. We believers have laws written on our hearts where the requirements are not easily defined or measured.

The beauty of the new covenant is that we have the Holy Spirit to teach us in the moment what is required for the moment. God wants a relationship, Father to child, Groom to bride, King to servant, God to a holy people…levels upon levels of depth and ways of relating. He is so far above and unreachable. That is why He came to us and became God-with-us.

The Law wasn’t getting deep enough. It only dealt with externals. He has always longed and hoped it would lead to internals. That is why He was tired & disgusted with Judah…they were not relating to Him; they were throwing Him a bone, thinking it was required. And if He were requiring it, He would have been thrilled with that bone. But He hated it instead, longing for His people to long for Him.

In summary, Judah was keeping the Sabbath, the feasts, and giving sacrifices for sins, but it didn’t count at all. It didn’t satisfy God. It wasn’t enough. It wasn’t even desired by God. It was even hated by God. It’s not about which Law you keep…It’s about whether you are obedient from your heart to the law written on your heart by the circumcising finger of God and taught to your heart by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. That is the place where your works are either pleasing or not and that is where freedom in Christ begins.

Nothing is required, yet because of the overwhelming gratefulness and love we have for Him because of who He is and what He has begun in us, we seek actively to do everything He nudges us to do thru the Holy Spirit. Must we, from God’s perspective? Legally, no. Must we, from my heart crying “Abba Father”? My response is “I will do anything, be anything, go anywhere because I have been bought by blood”. But the legal requirement, exoskeleton Law has been removed, completed, fulfilled, wineskin burst by Jesus’ death.

The law of Love has changed everything. And for the better!

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3 responses »

  1. Hey there,

    You didn’t have a contact page, so I’m writing to you here. If it’s a moderated comment, please feel free to delete – I was just wondering if you could email me. My site is http://www.joyfullygrowingingrace.wordpress.com. I’m reviled by those who follow 119 Ministries, ha! My blog is an examination of the errors found the Hebrew Roots Movement – been studying the movement for about five years. I’d like to encourage you to continue your series if you can. I know it can be a daunting process, but if you stick to core issues of the faith, I think that you can narrow your focus, as the core issues are where belief systems stand or fall anyway.

    My email is joyfullygrowingingrace@gmail.com

    Grace and peace,
    – JGIG

  2. Why take certain scriptures and not include the how/what/where/why? Let’s start at verse 10 and then go beyond verse 11. It wasn’t the sacrifices, the observance of Sabbath He detested!! He detests something He commanded? I don’t think so. Why did he destroy Sodom and Gomorrah?? They were offering ‘lip service’. They were talking the talk, but not walking the walk. Their sacrifices meant NOTHING to Him because the people were full of evil. Even today when you offer prayers, if you are a sinner – He doesn’t listen. John 9:31 “We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will.” What is His will? 1 John 2:3-6 “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” What is sin? 1 John 3:4 “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” Churchianity ‘christians’ are no different than Sodom and Gomorrah. You take glee in crucifying anyone that is truly trying to walk the walk with your self-righteousness.

    10 Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom; listen to the instruction of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
    15 When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening. Your hands are full of blood!

    16 Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. 17 Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. 19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; 20 but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

    21 See how the faithful city has become a prostitute! She once was full of justice;
    righteousness used to dwell in her— but now murderers! 22 Your silver has become dross, your choice wine is diluted with water. 23 Your rulers are rebels, partners with thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow’s case does not come before them.

  3. Don’t worry. God has not removed the veil from some people eye’s yet. In time they will enter the New Covenant and understand that the Torah of YHWH is perfect, converting the soul. Until then just tell them the Truth. They cannot stand up to direct Scripture because their beliefs contradict the Word, and that isn’t possible. This is why they won’t debate a Messianic. They can’t. But those with eyes to see are slowing opening them.

    Mal 4:4 “Remember the Torah of Mosheh, My servant, which I commanded him in Ḥorĕḇ for all Yisra’ĕl – laws and right-rulings.
    Mal 4:5 “See, I am sending you Ěliyah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome day of יהוה.
    Mal 4:6 “And he shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with utter destruction.”

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