God is the
same God yesterday that He is today. That is why the old testament is still so
important to us. He still wants us to do His will today as He did in the past.
Like yesterday though, we are not so good at keeping His will.
Jerusalem was Gods people, His children. Now
we are His children. If you look at Christians you find a few different types.
There are those who are cold, on fire, and lukewarm.
5Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart
faint. 6From the sole of the foot even unto
the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds,
and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up,
neither mollified with ointment.
Here He is comparing His
people to a body. He is saying they are sick.
else do we find God compare His people to a body?
17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the
beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the
preeminence. 19For it pleased the Father that in him
should all fulness dwell;
Isaiah we get a picture of a sick body and a sick head. Just as it was then so
is it now in the Body of Christ!
What did it say in Isaiah of these
people who belonged to God?
8And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge
in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. 9Except
the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as
Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
Even today we can see ourselves in this situation. There are
few who really are seeking God and they feel like they are all that is left.
10Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of
our God, ye people of Gomorrah. 11To 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. 12When ye come to appear before
me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? 13Bring
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. 14Your new moons and your appointed
feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. 15And 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. 16Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil
of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
church services and the prayers of people have become a burden to God. Today it
works the same way. When we are not sold out to God then we are called
lukewarm. What that means is that we know about Him and offer prayers or
service but at the same time we don’t consider before we come before Him that
we need to put away evil from us.
is our sacrifice…but obedience is better than sacrifice! God is the same God
now that He was then! He did not accept sacrifice from those who did not
repent! Yes we are going to fall, but remember that we are learning to walk.
How many times you fall isn’t important…but when you lay there as though it
doesn’t even matter that you are on the ground then God is not pleased with you
because you are using the blood of Jesus in a way He never intended…as a tool
to do wicked and get away with it!
also said that He is sick of such as do this now in this present time and gives
15I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert
cold or hot. 16So then because thou art lukewarm, and
neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee
out of my mouth. 17Because thou sayest, I am rich,
and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou
art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18I
counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and
white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness
do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore,