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  1. ISAIAH CHAPTER FIFTY-EIGHT

  2. OUTLINE ISAIAH CHAPTER FIFTY-EIGHT FASTING WITHOUT REPENTANCE V. 1-5 DUTIES TO FELLOW CREATURES V. 6-7 PROMISE OF HAPPINESS & PROSPERITY V. 8-12 BLESSING OF KEEPING THE SABBATH V. 13-14

  3. READ: ISAIAH 58:1-2 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD 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.

  4. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:1-2 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD 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. WHAT DOES THE LORD WANT THE PROPHETS TO DO? WHAT WERE THE PEOPLE’S TRANSGRESSIONS? WHAT WERE THE PEOPLE OF GOD DOING?

  5. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:1 1 "Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins. WHAT DOES THE LORD WANT THE PROPHETS TO DO? WHAT DID THE PEOPLE WANT MOSES TO DO? READ: EXODUS 20:18-19 18 Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. 19 Then they said to Moses, "You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die."

  6. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:1 1 "Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins. WHAT DOES THE LORD WANT THE PROPHETS TO DO? HOW DID ISAIAH RESPOND? READ: ISAIAH 40:6 6 The voice said, "Cry out!“ And he said, "What shall I cry?“ NKJV READ: ISAIAH 40:9 9 O Zion, You who bring good tidings, Get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, You who bring good tidings, Lift up your voice with strength, Lift it up, be not afraid; Say to the cities of Judah, "Behold your God!"

  7. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:1 1 "Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins. WHAT DOES THE LORD WANT PROPHETS TO DO? WHAT DID THE LORD SAY TO EZEKIEL? READ: EZEKIEL 3:17-18 17 "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: NKJV

  8. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:1 1 "Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins. WHAT WERE THE PEOPLE’S TRANSGRESSIONS? WHAT WERE THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES DOING? READ: MATTHEW 23:1-3 (Mark 12:38-40; Luke 20:45-47) 1 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, 2 saying: "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. 3 Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. NKJV

  9. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:1 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD WHAT WAS THIS PHARISEE DOING? READ: LUKE 18:10-14 10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men — extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.‘ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!‘ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." NKJV

  10. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:2 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. WHAT WERE THE PEOPLE OF GOD DOING? READ: DEUTERONOMY 32:15 15 "But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked; You grew fat, you grew thick, You are obese! Then he forsook God who made him, And scornfully esteemed the Rock of his salvation. NKJV

  11. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:2 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. WHAT WERE THE PEOPLE OF GOD DOING? READ: ISAIAH 29:13-14 13 Therefore the Lord said: "Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men, 14 Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work Among this people, A marvelous work and a wonder; For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden."

  12. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:2 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. WHAT WERE THE PEOPLE OF GOD DOING? READ: ISAIAH 48:1 1 "Hear this, O house of Jacob, Who are called by the name of Israel, And have come forth from the wellsprings of Judah; Who swear by the name of the LORD, And make mention of the God of Israel, But not in truth or in righteousness; NKJV

  13. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:2 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. WHAT WERE THE PEOPLE OF GOD DOING? HEARING AND NOT DOING READ: EZEKIEL 33:30-31 30 "As for you, son of man, the children of your people are talking about you beside the walls and in the doors of the houses; and they speak to one another, everyone saying to his brother, 'Please come and hear what the word is that comes from the LORD.‘ 31 So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain. NKJV

  14. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:2 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. WHAT WERE THE PEOPLE OF GOD DOING? READ: MALCHAI 2:17 17 You have wearied the LORD with your words; Yet you say, "In what way have we wearied Him?“ In that you say, "Everyone who does evil Is good in the sight of the LORD, And He delights in them,“ Or, "Where is the God of justice?" NKJV

  15. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:2 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. WHAT WERE THE PEOPLE OF GOD DOING? READ: TITUS 1:15-16 15 To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work. NKJV

  16. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:2 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. WHAT WERE THE PEOPLE OF GOD DOING? WHAT DOES THE LORD WANT THEM TO DO? READ: JAMES 4:8-10 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. NKJV

  17. READ: ISAIAH 58:3-4 FASTING THAT PLEASES 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.

  18. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:3-4 FASTING THAT PLEASES 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. WHAT DO THE PEOPLE SAY? HOW DID THE LORD RESPOND?

  19. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:3 FASTING THAT PLEASES 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. WHAT DO THE PEOPLE SAY? WHAT WERE THE PEOPLE COMMANDED TO DO? you shall afflict your souls READ: LEVITICUS 16:29 29 "This shall be a statute forever for you: In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether a native of your own country or a stranger who dwells among you. NKJV

  20. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:3 FASTING THAT PLEASES 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. WHAT DO THE PEOPLE SAY? WHAT DID THE LORD CALL FOR? HOW DID THE PEOPLE RESPOND? READ: ISAIAH 22:12-13 12 And in that day the Lord GOD of hosts Called for weeping and for mourning, For baldness and for girding with sackcloth. 13 But instead, joy and gladness, Slaying oxen and killing sheep, Eating meat and drinking wine: "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!" NKJV

  21. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:4 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD 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. HOW DID THE LORD RESPOND? WHAT DID JEZEBEL DO? READ: 1 KINGS 21:9-10 9 She wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and seat Naboth with high honor among the people; 10 and seat two men, scoundrels, before him to bear witness against him, saying, You have blasphemed God and the king. Then take him out, and stone him, that he may die. NKJV

  22. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:4 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD 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. WHAT DID JEZEBEL DO? READ: 1 KINGS 21:12-13 12 They proclaimed a fast, and seated Naboth with high honor among the people. 13 And two men, scoundrels, came in and sat before him; and the scoundrels witnessed against him, against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, "Naboth has blasphemed God and the king!" Then they took him outside the city and stoned him with stones, so that he died. NKJV

  23. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:4 WHY DID AHAB FAST? READ: 1 KINGS 21:25-27 25 But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the LORD, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up. 25 And he behaved very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel. 27 So it was, when Ahab heard those words, that he tore his clothes and put sackcloth on his body, and fasted and lay in sackcloth, and went about mourning.

  24. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:4 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD 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, HOW DID THE LORD RESPOND? READ: JEREMIAH 6:6-7 6 For thus has the LORD of hosts said: "Cut down trees, And build a mound against Jerusalem. This is the city to be punished. She is full of oppression in her midst. 7 As a fountain wells up with water, So she wells up with her wickedness. Violence and plundering are heard in her. Before Me continually are grief and wounds. NKJV

  25. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:4 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD 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, HOW DID THE LORD RESPOND? READ: LAMENTATIONS 3:43-45 43 You have covered Yourself with anger And pursued us; You have slain and not pitied. 44 You have covered Yourself with a cloud, That prayer should not pass through. 45 You have made us an off-scouring and refuse In the midst of the peoples. NKJV

  26. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:4 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD 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, HOW DID THE LORD RESPOND? READ: EZEKIEL 8:17-18 17 And He said to me, "Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence; then they have returned to provoke Me to anger. Indeed they put the branch to their nose. 18 Therefore I also will act in fury. My eye will not spare nor will I have pity; and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them." NKJV

  27. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:4 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD 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, HOW DID THE LORD RESPOND? READ: MICAH 3:2-4 2 You who hate good and love evil; Who strip the skin from My people, And the flesh from their bones; 3 Who also eat the flesh of My people, Flay their skin from them, Break their bones, And chop them in pieces Like meat for the pot, Like flesh in the caldron." 4 Then they will cry to the LORD, But He will not hear them; He will even hide His face from them at that time, Because they have been evil in their deeds. NKJV

  28. READ: ISAIAH 58:5-7 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD 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?

  29. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:5-7 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD 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? WHAT FAST HAS THE LORD CHOSEN?

  30. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:5 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD WHY WERE MORDECAI & THE JEWS FASTING? READ: ESTHER 4:1-3 1 When Mordecai learned all that had happened, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city. He cried out with a loud and bitter cry. 2 He went as far as the front of the king's gate, for no one might enter the king's gate clothed with sackcloth. 3 And in every province where the king's command and decree arrived, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes. NKJV

  31. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:5 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD 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 WHY WAS JOB FASTING? READ: JOB 2:7-9 7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 And he took for himself a potsherd with which to scrape himself while he sat in the midst of the ashes. 9 Then his wife said to him, "Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!" NKJV

  32. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:5 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD WHY WAS DANIEL FASTING? READ: DANIEL 9:3-5 3 Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. 4 And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, "O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, 5 we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. NKJV

  33. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:5 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD 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 WHY WERE THE PEOPLE OF NINEVEH FASTING? READ: JONAH 3:5-6 5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. 6 Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. NKJV

  34. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:5 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD 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 WHAT DID THE LORD ASK THE JEWS? READ: ZECHARIAH 7:4-5 4 Then the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying, 5 "Say to all the people of the land, and to the priests: 'When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months during those seventy years, did you really fast for Me — for Me? NKJV

  35. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:5 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD HOW SHOULD WE FASTING? WHY? FASTING TO BE SEEN ONLY BY GOD READ: MATTHEW 6:16-18 16 "Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. NKJV

  36. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:6 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD 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? WHAT FAST HAS THE LORD CHOSEN? let the oppressed go free WHAT DID THE LORD COMMAND THE JEWS? READ: EXODUS 21:5-6 5 But if the servant plainly says, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,‘ 6 then his master shall bring him to the judges. He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever. NKJV

  37. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:6 WHAT FAST HAS THE LORD CHOSEN? let the oppressed go free WHAT DID THE LORD COMMAND THE JEWS? READ: LEVITICUS 25:47-49 47 'Now if a sojourner or stranger close to you becomes rich, and one of your brethren who dwells by him becomes poor, and sells himself to the stranger or sojourner close to you, or to a member of the stranger's family, 48 after he is sold he may be redeemed again. One of his brothers may redeem him; 49 or his uncle or his uncle's son may redeem him; or anyone who is near of kin to him in his family may redeem him; or if he is able he may redeem himself.

  38. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:6 WHAT FAST HAS THE LORD CHOSEN? let the oppressed go free WHAT DID THE LORD COMMAND THE JEWS? READ: LEVITICUS 25:53-55 53 He shall be with him as a yearly hired servant, and he shall not rule with rigor over him in your sight. 54 And if he is not redeemed in these years, then he shall be released in the Year of Jubilee — he and his children with him. 55 For the children of Israel are servants to Me; they are My servants whom I brought out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. NKJV

  39. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:6 WHAT FAST HAS THE LORD CHOSEN? let the oppressed go free WHAT DID THE LORD COMMAND THE JEWS? THE LAW CONCERNING BONDSERVANTS READ: DEUTERONOMY 15:12-14 12 "If your brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, is sold to you and serves you six years, then in the seventh year you shall let him go free from you 13 And when you send him away free from you, you shall not let him go away empty-handed; 14 you shall supply him liberally from your flock, from your threshing floor, and from your winepress. From what the LORD has blessed you with, you shall give to him.

  40. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:6 THE LAW CONCERNING BONDSERVANTS READ: DEUTERONOMY 15:15-18 15 You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this thing today. 16 And if it happens that he says to you, 'I will not go away from you,' because he loves you and your house, since he prospers with you, 17 then you shall take an awl and thrust it through his ear to the door, and he shall be your servant forever. Also to your female servant you shall do likewise. 18 It shall not seem hard to you when you send him away free from you; for he has been worth a double hired servant in serving you six years. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all that you do. NKJV

  41. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:6 WHAT FAST HAS THE LORD CHOSEN? let the oppressed go free WHAT DID THE LORD COMMAND THE JEWS? READ: JEREMIAH 34:8-16 8 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, after King Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people who were at Jerusalem to proclaim liberty to them: 9 that every man should set free his male and female slave — a Hebrew man or woman — that no one should keep a Jewish brother in bondage. 10 Now when all the princes and all the people, who had entered into the covenant, heard that everyone should set free his male and female slaves, that no one should keep them in bondage anymore, they obeyed and let them go.

  42. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:6 let the oppressed go free WHAT DID THE LORD COMMAND THE JEWS? READ: JEREMIAH 34:8-16 11 But afterward they changed their minds and made the male and female slaves return, whom they had set free, and brought them into subjection as male and female slaves. 12 Therefore the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 13 "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: 'I made a covenant with your fathers in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, saying, 14 "At the end of seven years let every man set free his Hebrew brother, who has been sold to him; and when he has served you six years, you shall let him go free from you." But your fathers did not obey Me nor incline their ear.

  43. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:6 let the oppressed go free WHAT DID THE LORD COMMAND THE JEWS? READ: JEREMIAH 34:8-16 15 Then you recently turned and did what was right in My sight — every man proclaiming liberty to his neighbor; and you made a covenant before Me in the house which is called by My name. 16 Then you turned around and profaned My name, and every one of you brought back his male and female slaves, whom he had set at liberty, at their pleasure, and brought them back into subjection, to be your male and female slaves.' NKJV

  44. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:6 WHAT FAST HAS THE LORD CHOSEN? let the oppressed go free WHAT DID NEHEMIAH TELL THE JEWS? READ: NEHEMIAH 5:9-12 9 Then I said, "What you are doing is not good. Should you not walk in the fear of our Godbecause of the reproach of the nations, our enemies? 10 I also, with my brethren and my servants, am lending them money and grain. Please, let us stop this usury! 11 Restore now to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their olive groves, and their houses, also a hundredth of the money and the grain, the new wine and the oil, that you have charged them." 12 So they said, "We will restore it, and will require nothing from them; we will do as you say.“ NKJV

  45. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:6 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? WHAT DID THE LORD COMMAND THE JEWS? READ: JOEL 2:12-14 12 "Now, therefore," says the LORD, "Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning." 13 So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm. 14 Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him — A grain offering and a drink offering For the LORD your God? NKJV

  46. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:7 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD 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? FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD And not hide yourself from your own flesh? READ: GENESIS 2:23 23 And Adam said: "This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man." NKJV

  47. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:7 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD And not hide yourself from your own flesh? READ: GENESIS 29:13-14 13 Then it came to pass, when Laban heard the report about Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him and kissed him, and brought him to his house. So he told Laban all these things. 14 And Laban said to him, "Surely you are my bone and my flesh." And he stayed with him for a month.

  48. QUESTIONS: ISAIAH 58:7 FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD And not hide yourself from your own flesh? READ: GENESIS 37:26-28 26 So Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? 27 Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh." And his brothers listened. 28 Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt. NKJV

  49. READ: JOB 31:16-23 16 "If I have kept the poor from their desire, Or caused the eyes of the widow to fail, 17 Or eaten my morsel by myself, So that the fatherless could not eat of it 18 (But from my youth I reared him as a father, And from my mother's womb I guided the widow); 19 If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, Or any poor man without covering; 20 If his heart has not blessed me, And if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; 21 If I have raised my hand against the fatherless, When I saw I had help in the gate; 22 Then let my arm fall from my shoulder, Let my arm be torn from the socket. 23 For destruction from God is a terror to me, And because of His magnificence I cannot endure. NKJV