True worship of Jesus is demonstrated in humility and in caring for those He identified Himself with: the hungry, the poor, the oppressed.
Read Isaiah 58:1-5:
- According to this passage, what are the sins that God’s people are guilty of?
- What do the people in this passage think of what they’re doing?
- What is the difference between how the people view their own behavior and how God views what they’re doing?
Read Isaiah 58:6-12:
- How does God describe the distinctive characteristics of the kind of fast He chooses?
- What does God say will be his response of the people worship Him in this way?
- Who benefits when the people fast in this way?
Read Isaiah 58:13-14:
- In the context of this passage, what does it mean to “turn back your foot from the Sabbath?”
- Read Colossians 2:16-23 and Hebrews 4. How do these passages bring perspective to what God says about Sabbath rest at the end of this chapter?
Taking it home:
- Which one person in your life can you “pour yourself out for” (v. 10) this week as an act of worship to God?
Other Scriptures to Engage with this week:
- Ecclesiastes 3:14-4:4
- Romans 13:7-14
- Isaiah 65
- Romans 1:28-2:11
- Jeremiah 21:11-22:5
- 1 Timothy 6