“I hate your new moon festivals and your appointed feasts, they have become a burden to Me; I am weary of bearing them” (Isaiah 1:14).

Hate is such a strong, unsettling word that most of us don’t even allow our children to say it. Yet, as God speaks through His prophet, this is the very term utilized to describe how much He detests religious performance; religious expression that is void of relationship. What it is intended to capture is how much more He desires for us–a life not held captive by the religious expressions of a dead past but an ever-unfolding, dynamic future driven by a personal intimacy with the One making all things new.

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