Monday, September 04, 2006
Isaiah 1:15 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. 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 what is right! Promote justice! Give the oppressed reason to celebrate!Take up the cause of the orphan! Defend the rights of the widow i dont think that God appreciates hands full of blood. even if it is our own. i agree with grace that our lives seem to involve too much indulgence, too mush self-pleasing, and that that is not positive, that is not God's will, but i don't FEEL like the burnt offerings of self are getting me any closer. i've been thinking about isaac. i bet his relationship with his dad kinda went downhill after the whole "i am willing to sacrifice you to my god" deal. but i don't know. isaac seems torn up after his mom dies, but there isn'treally any recorded words between him and his father after "so, dad, we have wood and matches, but where is the lamb?"...but this is all old testament. i know people who don't want to sacrifice, their friendships, their habits, their securities, and they stagnate. i know that selfishness rots the inside. but what about those burnt out...who give too much, who are too available to others, they suffer their dwindling resources in the name of something higher...but they burn out. maybe i am asking the wrong quesitons.