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Their religious activity was deeply offensive to God

Posted by on Mar 11, 2011 in blog links, books, love, service, worship | 3 comments

Their religious activity was deeply offensive to God

“Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zechariah, and Micah all leveled the charge that, while the people attended worship, observed all religious regulations, and took pride in their Biblical knowledge, nevertheless they took advantage of the weak and vulnerable. The prophets concluded that, therefore, their religious activity was not just insufficient, but deeply offensive to God.”— Generous Justice, pages 49-50

Think about the quote above. No, I mean, really think about it.

Not only did the prophets warn the Israelites about taking advantage of the weak and vulnerable, they also warned them about NOT taking an active role in helping the weak and the vulnerable.

Because they failed to care for those in need, the prophets said that God did not accept their worship. He did not accept their sacrifices, or prayers, or fasting, or feasts, or many other things that he had commanded them to do.

Why? As Jesus said, “God desires mercy and not sacrifice.”

So, does God accept my worship? Does he accept your worship? Something to think about, huh?

(HT: James)


3 Comments

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  1. 3-11-2011

    Alan,

    I’m glad you are reading Keller’s book. I thought you would like it.

  2. 3-11-2011

    Eric,

    Actually, I’m not reading the book. I stole this quote from James. But maybe I should read it.

    -Alan

  3. 3-11-2011

    You’ll like it. I appreciate Keller because although he pastors a huge church he seems like a regular guy. His writing is conversational. Also, in this book he pulls no punches. Keller builds a strong biblical case for the connection between the gospel and caring for the poor and needy.