Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from an Andrew Murray. He said: "Fasting helps express, deepens, confirms the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves, to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God."
Our fasting devotional today is part 3 of our series titled "GOD'S PURPOSE FOR FASTING" from Elmer L. Towns in his book "Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough".
There are indications that Israelites pressed fellow Jews into slavery, perhaps in response to their failure to pay debts. Even though debt-servitude was allowed in some cases, those pressed into this kind of service were not to be treated as mere slaves. This law was apparently being widely violated in Isaiah's day.
We must admit that we will not find all of these social conditions present in our own situations. But if we read the passage with biblical imaginations, we can see a modern and often personal application of each aspect of the kind of fast that pleases God.
For example, even if literal slavery is not a widespread problem in our society, what of the servitude of the soul? Just as an Israelite might fast in protest of the literal enslavement of others, so we might fast in resistance against selling ourselves to Satan. In each of these social sins a personal parallel can be seen. So in the description of the nine fasts that we will discuss, I invite you as a serious disciple of Christ to find a contemporary application of the original intention of this great passage in Isaiah on fasting.
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