Pastor Dave Sarsons
August 20, 2018
SERMON: August 19th, 2018 “A Lesson in Values”
Isaiah 1:10-13 English Standard Version (ESV) “Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Give ear to the teaching[a] of our God, you people of Gomorrah! “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the Lord; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats. “When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts? Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations—I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.”
“This startling statement reveals a crucial principle about values. Israel (here figuratively called Sodom and Gomorrah) was doing all the right things, but God called their acts detestable…Right acts done for wrong reasons are detestable to both God and people….Every moral decision consists of two parts, the content and structure. Content is the actual decision – “Would you steal?”…But the equally important structure question…is “Why wouldn’t you steal?” …Structure defines values…” Israel’s practice of ‘religion’ wasn’t enough to please God; it is always about our relationship with God. God is calling us to a time to be with Him. We are to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy to the Lord. The whole idea of Sabbath is about God; it gives us a great opportunity to live a life for God in that moment; to have peace. We need to teach the next generation the importance of keeping a day to the Lord; not just to ‘fit’ God into our day, but to humble ourselves and commit to giving God His proper due.