True Fasting
by Rav Sha'ul

 

Well said brotha.  I included Isaiah 58 below.  I highlighted in red a conditional promise... IF... THEN.  After all, my site is SabbathCovenant.  Anyone who actually picked up the Word and read it... the first thing they would do is keep the Sabbath Holy.
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Prophet x
Sent: Saturday, September 30, 2006 1:52 PM
Subject: True Fasting
Dear Paul

The real reason for fasting is not self denial. The altrustic reason for fasting is found in Isa. 58. Please share this with your peeps.  If the spirit or the soul prospers via fasting the true self in essence is not denied, just the flesh temporarily.  Fasting causes the spirit and soulish man to ascend and transcend on high, to get ones voice heard before the Father in the highest heavens. The oppress will be freed. The humgry and thirsty will be supplied and unity from this altrustic act will spawn the gospel of restoration and jubliee for all.

Thanks,
CMB


 
 

Isaiah 58 (NIV)

True Fasting
 1 "Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
       Raise your voice like a trumpet.
       Declare to my people their rebellion
       and to the house of Jacob their sins.

 2 For day after day they seek me out;
       they seem eager to know my ways,
       as if they were a nation that does what is right
       and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
       They ask me for just decisions
       and seem eager for God to come near them.

 3 'Why have we fasted,' they say,
       'and you have not seen it?
       Why have we humbled ourselves,
       and you have not noticed?'
       "Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
       and exploit all your workers.

 4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
       and in striking each other with wicked fists.
       You cannot fast as you do today
       and expect your voice to be heard on high.

 5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
       only a day for a man to humble himself?
       Is it only for bowing one's head like a reed
       and for lying on sackcloth and ashes?
       Is that what you call a fast,
       a day acceptable to YHWH?

 6 "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
       to loose the chains of injustice
       and untie the cords of the yoke,
       to set the oppressed free
       and break every yoke?

 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
       and to provide the poor wanderer with shelteró
       when you see the naked, to clothe him,
       and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

 8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
       and your healing will quickly appear;
       then your righteousness [a] will go before you,
       and the glory of YHWH will be your rear guard.

 9 Then you will call, and YHWH will answer;
       you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
       "If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
       with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
       and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
       then your light will rise in the darkness,
       and your night will become like the noonday.

 11 YHWH will guide you always;
       he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
       and will strengthen your frame.
       You will be like a well-watered garden,
       like a spring whose waters never fail.

 12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
       and will raise up the age-old foundations;
       you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
       Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

 13 "If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
       and from doing as you please on my holy day,
       if you call the Sabbath a delight
       and YHWH's holy day honorable
,
       and if you honor it by not going your own way
       and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,

 14 then you will find your joy in YHWH,
       and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land 
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob." 
The mouth of YHWH has spoken
.

 

 

 

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