Rewards Of Ritual
Most Relevant Verses
"How do your voluminous sacrifices benefit me?" the LORD is asking. "I've had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts. I don't enjoy the blood of bulls, lambs, or goats.
"When you are praying, don't say meaningless things like the unbelievers do, because they think they will be heard by being so wordy.
Stop being carried away by all kinds of unusual teachings, for it is good that the heart be strengthened by grace, not by food laws that have never helped those who follow them.
Those of you who are trying to be justified by the Law have been cut off from the Messiah. You have fallen away from grace.
Let no one who delights in humility and the worship of angels cheat you out of the prize by rejoicing about what he has seen. Such a person is puffed up for no reason by his carnal mind. He does not hold on to the head, from whom the whole body, which is nourished and held together by its joints and ligaments, grows as God enables it. If you have died with the Messiah to the basic principles of the world, why are you submitting to its decrees as though you still lived in the world? read more.
"Don't handle this! Don't taste or touch that!" All of these things will be destroyed as they are used, because they are based on human commands and teachings.
But even if you should suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. "Never be afraid of their threats, and never get upset.
"Don't call conspiracy everything that this people calls conspiracy, and don't fear what they fear, or live in terror. The LORD of the Heavenly Armies he's the one you are to regard as holy. Let him be the one whom you fear, and let him be the one before whom you stand in terror!
Jesus told them, "I tell all of you with certainty, tax collectors and prostitutes will get into God's kingdom ahead of you! John came to you living a righteous life, and you didn't believe him, but the tax collectors and prostitutes did. But even when you saw that, you didn't change your minds at last and believe him."
Her leaders judge for the money, her priests teach only when they're paid, and her prophets prophesy for cash. Even so, don't they all rely on the LORD as they ask, "The LORD is among us, is he not? Nothing bad can possibly happen to us!'