Reflection: At first glance, verse 2 seems to paint a picture of God’s people doing all the right things: they seek him, they seem eager to know his ways, and appear to embrace God’s commands. They even ask God for justice to be revealed. Certainly, if we are to grow as Christians, we do need to seek out our Heavenly Father daily, to know his ways that our lives might reflect his character and attributes. So what’s Isaiah really saying here? The key words are found in the subtext: they seem eager, as if they were a nation that does what is right. On the
appearance, they look righteous while ignoring the heartfelt implications of a genuine relationship with their Creator. As Christ himself said to the religious leaders (in Matthew 15:8), “These people honour me with their lips but their hearts are far from me.”
Question: Why do you think the Israelites tried to look holy?
Prayer: Almighty God, thank you that you are a God of true justice and mercy. Please empower me to honour you with all my heart and life, not just my lips. For the sake of Jesus our