Isaiah 58 Sermon

Preached on February 6, 2011 at First Baptist Church, Jefferson City, MO
Empty Stomachs, Empty Worship
Isaiah 58:1-12

If you’ve ever seen a Charlie Brown cartoon on TV, you are familiar with Charlie’s teacher, Mrs. Donovan.  Whenever she talks in the cartoon all you hear is the “Waa –wa – waa – waa” sound of a trombone.  Only by the responses of Charlie Brown and his beloved pals do we have any clue as to what the teacher is saying.  I think of Charlie Brown’s teacher whenever I read this Isaiah passage and also when I think of 1 Corinthians 13:1 which reads, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” Or a stuttering trombone.  Our talk, our prayers, our worship minus love just sound like “waa – wa- waa –waa” to God.

Or maybe that is too tame.  Too humorous.  Too soft on ourselves.  Perhaps our words and our pleas, when absent of true worship, sound more like a movie so saturated with offensive language that we have to physically get up and leave the theatre.

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