Isaiah 66:3 God’s Way Over Our Own

Isaiah 66:3 (KJV)
He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

How often, I wonder, do we even consider the man to whom God will look?[1] We have been conditioned, and we like it this way, to think that if we are not ok, that’s ok. We’ve come to accept our sin, willfulness, ungodliness, and disobedience. We are thankful for the mercy of God. We are more than happy to live upon it and coast carelessly with our relationship with the Lord.

I notice that God sees things a bit differently.

  • He is not interested in our offerings and sacrifices.
  • He is not interested in our buildings in His name.
  • He is not interested in our production for His cause
  • He looks for poverty, contriteness, and trembling at His Word
  • He looks for the one who will choose God’s way over his own

Some will argue that this is Old Testament and applies only to the Jews. I will return that God changes not. I, too, am grateful for the mercy of God. I am thankful that I am hidden in the righteousness of Christ. But I recognize the character of God and the desire of His heart. And I know that if we would but apply ourselves to obey Him, His grace would make us much more Christlike than we are today.

[1] Isaiah 66:2 (KJV)
For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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