Isaiah 58:3 —9
3: ‘We have fasted before you!’ they say.
‘Why aren’t you impressed?
We have been very hard on ourselves, and you don’t even notice it!’
“I will tell you why!” I respond.
“It’s because you are fasting to please yourselves. Even while you fast,
you keep oppressing your workers.
4: What good is fasting when you keep on fighting and quarreling? This kind of fasting will never get you anywhere with me.
5: You humble yourselves by going through the motions of penance, bowing your heads like reeds bending in the wind. You dress in burlap and cover yourselves with ashes.
Is this what you call fasting? Do you really think this will please the Lord?
6: “No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people.
7: Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.
8: “Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.
9: Then when you call, the Lord will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply. “Remove the heavy yoke of oppression.
Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors!
16: “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get.
17: But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face.
18: Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
1. Don’t do as you are pleased. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you and do what pleases Him.
2. Dont oppress your workers and people around you.
3. Avoid quarelling and fighting among yourselves.
4. Striking each other with wicked fists
5. Speaking idle words, don’t be talkactive.
6 Do not show off that you are fasting
7 Look like you are not fasting, dress well, smell good etc.