Summary: A study of chapter 58 of the book of Isaiah verses 1 through 14
Isaiah 58: 1 – 14
Why Your Prayers Are Not Answered – Part II
1 “Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. 2 Yet they seek Me daily, and delight to know My ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and did not forsake the ordinance of their God. They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; They take delight in approaching God. 3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and You have not seen? Why have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’ “In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and exploit all your laborers. 4 Indeed you fast for strife and debate, and to strike with the fist of wickedness. You will not fast as you do this day, to make your voice heard on high. 5 Is it a fast that I have chosen, a day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, and to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? 6 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh? 8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. 9 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 extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday. 11 The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. 12 Those from among you shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. 13 “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, The Holy Day of the LORD honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, 14 Then you shall delight yourself in the LORD; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
Someone once said to me, ‘Why go to church – all the Pastor’s does is try to beat you up by telling you how bad you are.’ I replied, ‘In a way you are right, but I believe a Pastor should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.’
So, I suggest as you hear the preaching of the Word of God you examine yourselves to see what effect it has on you. If you feel convicted I suggest that you review what you are or are not doing and make some changes. After all, the bottom line is that you are responsible to our Adoni Yahweh, Father God, not to your Pastor.
In our Last study we asked this question, ‘Are you someone whose prayers are not answered?’ Our Precious Holy Spirit addresses this problem with us through His servant the prophet Isaiah. In fact our Holy God Is so interested and concerned about this issue that He will go into a good detail as to why this is happening. Chapter 57 was the first of three chapters which depict the resulting sad state of Israel from different angles, and the resultant lack of effectiveness in prayer. Do not forget that all Scripture is for our identification and learning. If you are honest with yourselves then you will agree that the sins the people of Israel committed against El Shaddai, God Almighty, we do likewise.
Chapter 57 commenced with the way in which God’s true people, the ‘righteous ones’, are suffering and then went on to deal with the general sins of the leadership and the generality of the people.