Aim: To die to self; and to please God in His way.
Doctrine: Nothing will satisfy God when His gospel is rejected. Extremely devout religion nor a plea based on ignorance (or being deceived) will not suffice.
Exegesis: The evils that befall the unregenerate church: all of its devotion, because it is false, is refused (vv. 11-12); all of its vain hopes, because they are lies, utterly fail (vv. 13-16); all of its covenant privileges, because they are scorned, are suspended (vv. 17-18).
Further application: How to find hope in the face of despair: be a true penitent (whom God will never despise) and be a stubborn believer (even in the darkest times).
Key verses: vv. 11-12a ''Then the LORD said to me, 'Do not pray for this people, for their good. When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them.'''
Rev. Mark Henninger received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and he has been Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois for more than 25 years.