I suppose I have never read this chapter slow enough to allow the words to soak in. I had to get my bible out and read the first 5 verses.
“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? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
Here in Isaiah, we see a true picture of fasting come forth. Stand against injustice, share freedom with the oppressed, share what we have with those who do not have, and do not turn away from our own flesh and blood. Verse 8 gives us clear results of lives dedicated to this kind of fasting. Light will be seen, healing will manifest in and through our lives, your righteousness will pave your way forward, and the glory of the Lord will guard you. I pray that God drives this truth into our hearts and pours out our lives for the fasting He has chosen. With Christ, this can be done!
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.