Monday, November 2, 2009

Sat 091031 pm Isa 58 Heb 13

Isaiah 58
58.6  Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness...   This verse reminds us of the importance of the inner spiritual reality that the religious practices represents.  It also is a thought provoking statement about the nature and purpose of fasting~releasing bonds. Bonds of wickedness, personal burdens, and the captivity of the oppressed.

Hebrews 13
13.3 those who are mistreated...  They are everywhere.  I am thinking of the many who are shunned because they are odd, who are shamed in the church because they are poor, and of course there are other much more obvious cases.
13.7  Those who spoke the Word to you...  This usually weighs heavily on my mind anytime I prepare to preach.
13.16  Do not neglect to do good and share...  This sounds like something straight out of a kindergarten handbook.  The word neglect seems to indicate more thoughtlessness than intentionallity.  
13.17  keeping watch over their souls ... give an account...  This is a heavy one.  Hebrews 13 is always so sobering a convicting for an elder or pastor.

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