How are our hearts made clean before the LORD so that we do not give Him “meaningless offerings”? He must make them clean (v. 18).

BibleGateway: Isaiah 1:10-20

ESV Text: Isaiah 1:10-20

Isaiah 1:10–20


10   Hear the word of the LORD,
    you rulers of Sodom!
  Give ear to the teaching1 of our God,
    you people of Gomorrah!
11   “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?
    says the LORD;
  I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
    and the fat of well-fed beasts;
  I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
    or of lambs, or of goats.


12   “When you come to appear before me,
    who has required of you
    this trampling of my courts?
13   Bring no more vain offerings;
    incense is an abomination to me.
  New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations—
    I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
14   Your new moons and your appointed feasts
    my soul hates;
  they have become a burden to me;
    I am weary of bearing them.
15   When you spread out your hands,
    I will hide my eyes from you;
  even though you make many prayers,
    I will not listen;
    your hands are full of blood.
16   Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
    remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
  cease to do evil,
17     learn to do good;
  seek justice,
    correct oppression;
  bring justice to the fatherless,
    plead the widow’s cause.


18   “Come now, let us reason2 together, says the LORD:
  though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
  though they are red like crimson,
    they shall become like wool.
19   If you are willing and obedient,
    you shall eat the good of the land;
20   but if you refuse and rebel,
    you shall be eaten by the sword;
    for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

Footnotes

[1] 1:10 Or law

[2] 1:18 Or dispute

(ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 1

     10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. 11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. 12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? 13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. 14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. 15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

     16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 375:
If Thy Beloved Son, O God

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. If Thy beloved Son, O God, 
Had not to earth descended 
And in our mortal flesh and blood 
Had not sin’s power ended, 
Then this poor, wretched soul of mine 
In hell eternally would pine 
Because of its transgression. 

2. But now I find sweet peace and rest, 
Despair no more reigns o’er me; 
No more am I by sin opprest, 
For Christ has borne sin for me. 
Upon the cross for me He died 
That, reconciled, I might abide 
With Thee, my God, forever. 

3. I trust in Him with all my heart; 
Now all my sorrow ceases; 
His words abiding peace impart, 
His blood from guilt releases. 
Free grace through Him I now obtain; 
He washes me from every stain, 
And pure I stand before Him. 

4. All righteousness by works is vain, 
The Law brings condemnation; 
True righteousness by faith I gain, 
Christ’s work is my salvation. 
His death, that perfect sacrifice, 
Has paid the all-sufficient price; 
In Him my hope is anchored. 

5. My guilt, O Father, Thou hast laid 
On Christ, Thy Son, my Savior. 
Lord Jesus, Thou my debt hast paid 
And gained for me God’s favor. 
O Holy Ghost, Thou Fount of grace, 
The good in me to Thee I trace; 
In faith do Thou preserve me. 


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