Wig’s Word of God Today 3-11-2011
This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; Sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own. Isaiah 58:6-7
The days will come when the Bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. Matthew 9:15c
Isaiah 58:1-9a, Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 18-19 & Matthew 9:14-15
There are so many ways of fasting for our LORD that we fail to see what the real purpose is for fasting as we are reminded today in Isaiah the true reasons for fasting for our God. As Isaiah instructs us by his revelations from God, teaching us what fasting should not be; “Why do we fast, and you do not see it? afflict ourselves, and you take no note of it?” Lo, on your fast day you carry out your own pursuits, and drive all your laborers.” Isaiah 58:3 I believe fasting should include as Isaiah instructs acts of charity, compassion and action for the elderly, the homeless and the hungry by seeking to share your excess with those less fortunate than yourself or you family. When we fast, it is not to accomplish selfish acts of pride and conceit but rather to serve humanity for the greater good of God.
The disciples of John asked Jesus why they and the Pharisees fast much yet His disciples fail to fast as everyone else does. His reply is one to ponder and take into account in each of our lives. “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the Bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the Bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.” Matthew 9:15 The custom of celebrating during the wedding feast goes back as far as time exists and Jesus reminds them that while He was present and serving the people with faith, hope and love, a fast was not needed for the time will come when He would not be with them and then they would fast to share His Truth with the world. Fasting used to be a sign of respect to acknowledge the death of a loved one while mourning their loss. There was no need to fast by the Disciples for they were in the midst of the wedding feast of Christ’s Joy here on earth. By your fasting and constant prayer your are giving Glory to the Father in your love of loving of Christ Jesus. Amen.
So we ask in prayer: Heavenly Father, we pray today our fast and prayers honor You LORD for the joy we receive in knowing Your Son Redeemed our Sins. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins
“Spirit led God inspired Christ fed”Fasting Jesus
© Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins March 11, 2011 @ 6:07 AM EST