What god really wants.
Since Jerusalem is being re-established and everything is getting back to the old ways, they ask about returning to fasting as they used to before. That gonna make god happy, right?
He reminds them how empty it was. That’s why he scattered the people to the four winds in the first place. There hearts were like flint, cold and hard. Their fasting meant nothing. He told them to change, they didn’t listen. God doesn’t want to go back to that.
What does he want? “Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.”
Not exactly Trump’s gospel, indeed there are many Christians who find reasons to ignore god on this.
Give me an open heart Lord, full of compassion and mercy.