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Re: Contrite and Trembling  (Isaiah 66)

So says Jehovah: Heaven is My throne, and earth the footstool of My
feet. Where then is the house that you build for Me? And where then is
the place of My rest? And My hand has made all these things, even all
these things exist, declares Jehovah. (vs1-2a)

Ooooh, all the wonderful "churches" that people build! All these
'places' where people are gathered together to propagate their beliefs
and form human bonds of fellowship. Some of the more conservative
fundamentalist groups will even suggest that if you don't meet with 
'them' in that -place- they have designated and built, that you are 
sure to backslide; and if you express concern, dragging your feet,
about even entering their doors, you probably aren't even saved!

See how God views most worship; written from the Jewish perspective of
their ritual sacrifices... "He who kills an ox is as if he struck a
man; he who sacrifices a lamb is as if he broke a dog's neck; he who
offers a present is as if it were swine's blood; he making mention of
incense is as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their way,
and their soul delights in their abominations." (vs3)  "My soul hates
your new moons and your appointed feasts. They are a burden to Me. I am
weary of bearing them." (Is1:14)

What is God's retribution on the rebels? "I also will choose their
vexations; and I will bring their fears to them; because I called, and
no one answered; I spoke, and they did not hear. But they did evil in
My eyes, and chose that in which I had no pleasure.. A roaring sound
from the city! A sound from the temple! It is the sound of Jehovah
repaying retribution to His enemies." (vs4,6)

So, if God is bringing all this retribution on the rebels, and He
loathes the worship 'service' of the sacrifices of 'His church', what
is He looking for, anyhow?  Isn't He an awefully "harsh" God?!

Listen very carefully! Here it is again... that which we repeat over
and over, till some get tired of hearing it. Some of you rebel against
it. You try to pervert the Scriptures into saying that the Bible
doesn't teach it. But here it is again. Are you ready for this...?

God speaking here...

"But I will look toward this one, to the afflicted, and to the contrite 
of spirit, even trembling at My Word." (vs2b)

If you're still not understanding... "REPENTANCE" in its purest essence.

Now, to you who -are- faithful, remember Jesus' words about the rebels? 
"I have spoken these things to you so that you may not be offended. 
They will put you out of the synagogue (and churches), but an hour is 
coming that everyone killing you will think to bear a service before 
God. And they will do these things to you because they do not know the 
Father nor Me. But I have spoken these things to you so that when the 
hour comes you may recall them, that I told you these things..." 

Here, God says, "Hear the Word of Jehovah, those who tremble at His 
Word. Your brothers who hate you, who drive you out for My name's sake, 
have said, Jehovah is glorified. But He shall appear in your joy, and 
they shall be ashamed." (Is66:5) "Behold, I give out of the synagogue 
of Satan those saying themselves to be Jews (Church/Christians), and
they are not, but they lie. Behold, I will make them come and bow down
before your feet, and they shall know that I loved you." (Rev3:9)

"..my beloved brothers, you be firm, immovable, abounding in the work
of the Lord always, knowing that your labor is not without fruit in the
Lord." (1Cor15:58)