Prophet Isaiah is one of the most amazing Jewish prophets that ever lived. Isaiah 58 is a fascinating text. Christians believe that Isaiah 58 is about rebuilding Israel when in fact it is about rebuilding the foundations of our being. This chapter from Isaiah has far reaching implications that can impact on the whole world.
Prophet Isaiah delivers the words of the LORD about fasting in Isaiah 58, he rebukes the people and makes it quite clear what he is asking people to do. In the Aramaic he asks "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet and show my people their transgressions."
So here I am again crying out aloud to you with a voice like a trumpet.
"This is the fast that I have chosen; to loose the bonds of wickedness, to cut off the bands of treachery, to let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke; to share your bread with and to bring the stranger to your house— when you see the naked, to cover him and to refuse not one of your own flesh."
Maybe now you understand why the "Adopt a Stranger" campaign is so important and why everyone should align their will with the will of God.
For many givers feeding the hungry, providing shelter, providing clothes and helping our families comes naturally to them. Especially to mothers of children who are naturally the nurturer's and carers. To share with people outside of our own families is part of community life and what community is all about. Later in life when our children have grown up we often have more time to take an active role in the other aspects of the chosen fast. To loose the chains of injustice and set free the oppressed can come in many forms for some it is a trouble shooter, for others it may be a lawyer, or a person advising the general public on their human rights. Its also important to point out that the 'wicked' were those that did not look after Mother Earth, those that polluted the land and destroyed the forests were wicked and all the major corporations would fit into this category. Instead of healing our planet they are helping to destroy it.
Jesus Christ also said "Love heals the world and compassionate action changes it". If we link his words to this chapter of Isaiah his words were much more profound then one might see at first glance. He also said "You can love your car but you will not get a new one unless you change it." More profound words related to ascension. Jesus was telling us that through compassionate action we change our being, the car is symbolic of the vessel that we inhabit. In other words our physical being.
The passage of Isaiah 58 continues to inform you about the healing process:
"Then your light will break forth as the morning, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard."
The Aramaic translation is slightly different to the NIV version in as much as healing is replaced with the word righteousness.
"Then shall your light break forth as the morning and your righteousness shall spring forth speedily; and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your reward".
"Then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday."
The light triggers the darkness and the darkness triggers the light until there is no more darkness left. Taking our light into the darkness is all part of the ascension process. This is why it says the night will become like the noonday. In other words the more that one transforms the darkness the more that the night does not exist for you. In other words there is no more darkness within your own being.
God is not asking people to do this every day but specifically on shabat this is the reason why Jesus was giving healing on shabat; he was taking his light into the darkness exactly as it was written for him to do. There is so much healing in the bible it makes one wonder why the Church missed this very important aspect of coming home to God. Healing plays a pivotal role in ascent of the the tree of life and ascension of the soul. Healing is the sacred path home to my heavenly Father.
Angels teach their souls to fly and Saints implement the instructions from our heavenly Father. Once sainthood has been integrated one becomes a Master. Once one is a master then shabat is everyday. Spiritual people understand this better than most. Isaiah 58 is correct it is after this that one does enjoy the inheritance of Jacob; of climbing Jacob's ladder and that is a wonderful spiritual experience that is mighty indeed.
So it is important to remember "Give your bread to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall your light shine in darkness, and your darkness be as the noonday. And the LORD shall guide you continually and satisfy your soul with rich food; strengthen your bones; and you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring whose water fails not. And some of you shall build the old waste places, you shall raise up the the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the repairer of the breaches, the restorer of paths to dwell in."
Raising up the foundations of many generations is talking about cleansing inherited disease from the genetics handed down from parent to child. 85% of disease could be eradicated from this planet if people actually listened and did the will of God.
True fasting has nothing to do with denying yourself food, its all to do with being selfless and feeding others so that you can be fed by God. As he said 'It is not a one way street".
God's will is compelled by love into compassionate action to save humanity from itself.
All I can say is' ROCK ON ABBA, may glory be to you and your greatest prophets who truly understand you and the spiritual law.