August 25, 2019
First Presbyterian Church, Sterling IL
The book of Isaiah is among better known books of the Old Testament. Isaiah, a prophetic book, might actually be better thought of as two or three books. It was written over a period of about 400 years or more, starting sometime in the 8th century BCE and ending around 400 BCE. The first half of Isaiah sets out the God of the covenant, who is judge, ruler, sovereign and savior. As we move into the second half of Isaiah, often called Isaiah two, we see the call of the prophet to obey the covenant: specifically, to be faithful in the practice of justice, righteousness, sabbath, and worship. Let’s read this scripture together responsively as we listen for God’s word to us in Isaiah 58:6-12.
Leader: Isn’t this the fast I choose: releasing wicked restraints, untying the ropes of a yoke, setting free the mistreated, and breaking every yoke?
People: Isn’t it sharing your bread with the hungry and …