God or self—which?

‘Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me? And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves?’ Zechariah 7:5–6 Suggested Further Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:19–22 Is it not true that some of you do not use the day of rest and the house Continue Reading

Fast-day service: An exposition of Daniel 9:1-19

Taken from brief exposition of Daniel 9:1-19 (This comment is on vv 10-15) Suggested Further Reading: Psalm 85 The prophet in his prayer pleads what God has done for them, as the reason why he should bare his arm; he tells how God delivered Israel out of Egypt; and he therefore prays that God would deliver them from their present trouble. And, my brethren, not Israel itself could boast a nobler history than we, measuring it by God’s Continue Reading

The discipline of fasting

But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:17-18 Jesus assumes in this passage that His followers practice fasting. He says “when” you fast—not “if” you fast and then goes on to give these instructions. Fasting is a significant spiritual activity Continue Reading

Fasting in Secret

Matthew 6:16–18 “When you fast, anoint your head and wash your face…. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (vv. 17–18). Before we look at Jesus’ teaching on fasting in today’s passage, we need to provide a few closing comments on the Lord’s Prayer, the prayer He has given to His disciples (Matt. 6:9–15). Most believers have prayed this prayer verbatim at some point, which is not inappropriate if it is said with thoughtful Continue Reading

Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on My holy Mount [Zion]…

Joel 2:1-32 1BLOW THE trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on My holy Mount [Zion]. Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of [the judgment of] the Lord is coming; it is close at hand-- 2A day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and of thick mists and darkness, like the morning dawn spread upon the mountains; so there comes a [heathen, hostile] people numerous and mighty, the like of which has never been before and Continue Reading

Worship and Spiritual Warfare

From KHouse.Org WORSHIP AND SPIRITUAL WARFARE "Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee." - Song of Songs 1:4 If we are going to be true worshipers of God, more than ever before we need to be knowledgeable in the art of spiritual warfare. We need to know the enemy - his tactics and his ways. If we Continue Reading

Put feet to your prayers

Isaiah 58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke. Joshua 7:10-12 And the Lord said unto Joshua, Get thee up: wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? Israel hath sinned…. Neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you. The hands which are sometimes lifted up in prayer, must Continue Reading

Isaiah 58:13-14; Fasting Commentary [Part 4]; The Sanctification of the Sabbath; Nothing must be done that puts contempt upon the sabbath day, or looks like having mean thoughts of it, when God has so highly dignified it; Observe, The heritage of believers is what they shall not only be portioned with hereafter, but fed with now, fed with the hopes of it, and not flattered, fed with the earnests and foretastes of it; You may take God’s word for it, for He cannot lie nor deceive, what His mouth has spoken His hand will give, His hand will do, and not one iota or tittle of His good promise shall fall to the ground. B.C. 706

The Sanctification of the Sabbath. B. C. 706. Isaiah 58:13-14 13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:   14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high Continue Reading

Isaiah 58:8-12; Fasting Commentary [Part 3]; A Charge against the People; Encouragement to Israelites Indeed; God will be always nigh unto them, to hear their prayers; “Then shalt thou call, on thy fast days, which ought to be days of prayer, and the Lord shall answer, shall give the things thou callest to Him for, thou shalt cry when thou art in any distress or sudden fright, and He shall say, Here I am.” B.C. 706

A Charge against the People; Encouragement to Israelites Indeed. B. C. 706. Isaiah 58:8-12 8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.   9 Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the Continue Reading

Isaiah 58:3-7; Fasting Commentary [Part 2]; A Charge against the People; Note, Reigning hypocrisy often breaks out in daring impiety and an open contempt and reproach of God and religion for that which the hypocrisy itself must bear all the blame of; Sinners reflect upon religion as a hard and melancholy service, and on which there is nothing to be got by. B.C. 706

A Charge against the People. B. C. 706. Isaiah 58:3-7 3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.   4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.   5 Continue Reading