Victory Vitamin Blog – Isaiah 58:6-7

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice, to set the oppressed free?  Is it not to share your food with the hungry”

Isaiah 58:6–7 NIV

In this verse, God was confronting the Israelites regarding their particular brand of fasting.  They would refrain from eating for a period of time, but to what end?  Here we see the difference between the Ceremonial Law and the Moral Law.  The ceremony of fasting simply displays the piety and devotion of the one doing it.  God essentially says, “Big deal.”  God then goes on to state that the kind of fasting HE desires includes giving food to those who are hungry.  In other words, don’t just not eat.  Take the food you didn’t eat and give it to someone who is hungry!  The Moral Law is concerned with helping others.  Please take the time to review the Ten Commandments and their meanings here.  The Moral Law takes our piety and devotion and puts it into action that benefits those around us.  Jesus summarized all of God’s Law by saying,  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself.”  -Matthew 22:36–40 NIV  Jesus put God’s love into action by dying and rising for OUR benefit.  We now love God most of all by loving our neighbor as ourselves.