“Be Blessed,” Yolanda Adams
“Judgment and Hope,” Isaiah 66:1) THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE HEAVEN IS MY THRONE, AND THE EARTH IS MY FOOTSTOOL: WHERE IS THE HOUSE THAT YE BUILD UNTO ME? AND WHERE IS THE PLACE OF MY REST? 2) For All Those Things Hath MINE HAND MADE, And All Those Things Have Been, SAITH THE LORD: But To This Man Will I LOOK, Even To him That Is Poor And Of A Contrite (Repentant) Spirit, And Trembleth At MY WORD. Ezra 9:4; Proverbs 28:14. 3) He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation (an offering to GOD), as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense (make a memorial of), as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. 4) I ALSO WILL CHOOSE THEIR DELUSIONS, AND WILL BRING THEIR FEARS UPON THEM; BECAUSE WHEN I CALLED, none did answer; WHEN I SPAKE, they did not hear: but they did evil Before MINE EYES, and Chose That In Which I DELIGHTED NOT. Proverbs 1:24.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, THE LORD has no need of a man-made Temple because Heaven and earth—the whole cosmos—is HIS SANCTUARY (40:22). footstool: The resting place for The “Feet” Of THE LORD is the earth. Where is the House: No place can accommodate THE TRANSCENDENT GOD (1 Kings 8:27). THE PLACE OF MY REST refers to THE TEMPLE (1 Chronicles 28:2; Psalm 132:8, 14). v2, Those things refers to everything in the universe. I LOOK: GOD SEEKS TRUE WORSHIPERS (John 4:24). Contrite Spirit … trembles at MY WORD is similar to JESUS’ PHRASE “IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH” (John 4:24). v3, Breaks a dog’s neck may refer to a pagan practice; in any case, the dog was regarded as an unclean animal, a detestable scavenger. The sacrifice of a bull, a lamb, a grain offering, and incense was considered to be their own ways because the worshipers lacked a Contrite Spirit. It was as if their souls delighted in their abominations. v4, their fears: This is the Judgment Spelled Out in vv. 15, 16, 24. WHEN I CALLED … I DO NOT DELIGHT: This Passage echos 65:12.
Quest Study Bible – v3, “Why did Isaiah criticize sacrifices?” One of the themes of the Prophets of Israel was that GOD DETESTS human efforts to please him by keeping Ritual Laws without Respecting HIS MORAL LAWS. Sacrifices Meant Nothing To GOD if they were offered by merciless, unjust people. Morality is more important than ritual. People without morals are not genuinely Religious when they perform rituals; they are merely being superstitious.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-4, The Jews gloried much in their temple. But what satisfaction can the Eternal Mind take in a house made with men’s hands? GOD HAS A HEAVEN AND AN EARTH OF HIS OWN MAKING, and temples of man’s making, but HE Overlooks them, THAT HE MAY LOOK WITH FAVOR TO HIM WHO IS POOR IN SPIRIT AND SERIOUS, SELF-ABASING (SELF-PUNISHMENT, GUILT AND SHAME) AND DENYING (REJECTING SIN); WHOSE HEART TRULY SORROWS FOR SIN: SUCH A HEART IS A LIVING TEMPLE FOR GOD. The sacrifice of the wicked is not only Unacceptable, But A Great Offence To GOD. AND ANYONE WHO NOW OFFERS A SACRIFICE AFTER THE LAW, DOES IN EFFECT SET ASIDE CHRIST’S SACRIFICE. He that burns incense, puts contempt upon THE INCENSE OF CHRIST’S INTERCESSION, and is as if (HE) blessed an idol. Men shall be deceived by the vain confidences with which thy deceive themselves. Unbelieving hearts, and unpurified consciences, need no more to make them miserable, than to have their own fears brought upon them. Whatever men put in the place of THE PRIESTHOOD, ATONEMENT, AND INTERCESSION OF CHRIST, WILL BE FOUND HATEFUL TO GOD.