A Worthy Sacrifice

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause, (Isaiah 1: 16-17, ESV).

Those who have never understood the phrase “righteous anger” would do well to read Isaiah 1: 1-20. The Book of Isaiah starts with a bang; God is not happy with His people. The country lies desolate before them – cities burned, towns ravaged, foreigners taking over. Matthew Henry tells us that this has the effect of awakening the people, but only partly so. “Oops! God’s angry. We’d better placate Him with sacrifices!” Only this time, it doesn’t work. Continue reading