Instead of a Show: Call2Fall

There is a time in Israel’s history that, by looking at Scripture, we can see that God paid no attention to their worship, he covered his ears, and he found their worship to be disgusting.

Isaiah 1:11-15b
“The multitude of your sacrifices—
what are they to me?” says the LORD.
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure
in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.

When you come to appear before me,
who has asked this of you,
this trampling of my courts?

Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—
I cannot bear your evil assemblies.

Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts
my soul hates.
They have become a burden to me;
I am weary of bearing them.

When you spread out your hands in prayer,
I will hide my eyes from you;
even if you offer many prayers,
I will not listen.

——-

What did Israel do that made God so angry that he declares that He does not desire their worshp, that he takes no pleasure in it, and that he will not even listen to the prayers of His people?

The context of this passage is a time in Israel’s history where some horrible things were happening. Much of Israel had resorted to idol worship, which brought with it all sorts of disgusting rituals. Worship to these false gods included the sacrificing of newly born babies, prostitution, and other forms of sexual immorality.

Hebrew Law was partially based upon the concept of ‘victims’ rights’, where victims of crimes had the right to make sure that their case was prosecuted and that due punishment was given if guilt was found. The poor, orphans, and widows, were susceptible to being taken advantage of, but these victims’ rights laws were in place to make sure that they had a fair chance to have justice served against those who would oppress and terrorize them. In this time in Israel’s history, widows and orphans were being oppressed without their victims’ rights being defended.

Although it is likely that only a small portion of Israel’s population were a party to such injustices, Hebrew Law gave a lot of ‘power to the people’ similar to the democratic elements in America’s foundation as a Constitutional Republic. The people had the political power to end these injustice, but history tells us that they were ignoring their civic duty to do so. This is why God goes on to say in Isaiah 1:15b

“You have blood on your hands”

If someone allows injustice to happen despite their power to do something about it, they share in the guilt for the injustice.

and then God continues with:

16 wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds
out of my sight!
Stop doing wrong,

17 learn to do right!
Seek justice,
encourage the oppressed. [a]
Defend the cause of the fatherless,
plead the case of the widow.

Let us not turn a deaf ear to the oppressed, because if we do, will God turn a deaf ear to us?

“Instead of a Show” by Jon Foreman

I hate all your show and pretense
The hypocrisy of your praise
The hypocrisy of your festivals
I hate all your show
Away with your noisy worship
Away with your noisy hymns
I stomp on my ears when you’re singing ‘em
I hate all your show

Instead let there be a flood of justice
An endless procession of righteous living, living
Instead let there be a flood of justice
Instead of a show

Your eyes are closed when you’re praying
You sing right along with the band
You shine up your shoes for services
There’s blood on your hands
You turned your back on the homeless
And the ones that don’t fit in your plan
Quit playing religion games
There’s blood on your hands

Instead let there be a flood of justice
An endless procession of righteous living, living
Instead let there be a flood of justice
Instead of a show
I hate all your show

Let’s argue this out
If your sins are blood red
Let’s argue this out
You’ll be one of the clouds
Let’s argue this out
Quit fooling around
Give love to the ones who can’t love at all
Give hope to the ones who got no hope at all
Stand up for the ones who can’t stand at all, all
I hate all your show
I hate all your show
I hate all your show
I hate all your show

Instead let there be a flood of justice
An endless procession of righteous living, living
Instead let there be a flood of justice
Instead of a show
I hate all your show

Join other Christians in praying for our nation, and praying for forgiveness for the injustice and godlessness that we have allowed to occur while on our watch. The blood is on our hands. July 5th, 2009.  www.call2fall.com

Matthew 23:23
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”

Amos 5

21 “I hate, I despise your feasts,
and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
22 Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them;
and the peace offerings of your fattened animals,
I will not look upon them.
23 Take away from me the noise of your songs;
to the melody of your harps I will not listen.
24 But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

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~ by thelastinkling on June 30, 2009.

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