Forgiveness Without Sacrifice – Part 04
We closed our previous discussion on forgiveness without sacrifice with a reference to Isaiah 1:10-21. In these verses we will see that neither sacrifice nor incense brings forgiveness.
10. Hear the word of the LORD,
You rulers of Sodom;
Give ear to the instruction of our God,
You people of Gomorrah.
God is so angry with Israel for turning away from His will and distorting the truth that He is swearing at them by comparing them to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.
11. “What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me?”
Says the LORD.
“I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams,
And the fat of fed cattle.
And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs, or goats.
God, through Isaiah, is plainly saying that He doesn’t want any animal sacrifices.
12. “When you come to appear before Me,
Who requires of you this trampling of My courts?
13. “Bring your worthless offerings no longer,
Incense is an abomination to Me.
New moon and sabbath, the calling of assemblies-
I cannot endure iniquity and the solemn assembly.
Here God adds that He also doesn’t want incense offerings either. He just wants their obedience.
14. “I hate your new moon festivals and your appointed feasts,
They have become a burden to Me.
I am weary of bearing them.
15. “So when you spread out your hands in prayer,
I will hide My eyes from you,
Yes, even though you multiply prayers,
I will not listen.
Your hands are covered with blood.
16. “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight.
Cease to do evil,
The Lord is here telling us what He doesn’t want, and then He tells us what He really wants from us in order for us to be forgiven.
17. Learn to do good;
Reprove the ruthless;
Defend the orphan,
Plead for the widow.
18. “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the LORD,
“Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.
19. “If you consent and obey,
You will eat the best of the land;
This is indeed forgiveness without sacrifice.
20. “But if you refuse and rebel,
You will be devoured by the sword.”
Truly, the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
21. How the faithful city has become a harlot,
She who was full of justice!
Righteousness once lodged in her,
But now murderers.
And those who continue to sacrifice animals are considered to be murderers. We believe that those who treat animals so horribly on factory farms and in laboratories are no different. They are all premeditated murderers.