I’m the world’s worst programmer but when I temporarily venture into the strange land of Visual Basic, I use “if, then” conditions.
In today’s Old Testament reading, Isaiah also uses “If– then statements.”
If you remove from your midst oppression,
false accusation and malicious speech;
If you bestow your bread on the hungry
and satisfy the afflicted;
Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
and the gloom shall become for you like midday;
Then the LORD will guide you always
and give you plenty even on the parched land.
When Jesus sat down with Matthew and his friends whom were many, Jesus followed the prescript of all the prophets in the Old Testament.
“Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him. Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house,
and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were at table with them.” Like Jeremiah, Isaiah and the rest of the prophets, Jesus asked for complete “followership.”
Like Isaiah, Jesus explained the “if-then” nature of God’s way.
If you hold back your foot on the sabbath
from following your own pursuits on my holy day;
If you call the sabbath a delight,
and the LORD’s holy day honorable;
If you honor it by not following your ways,
seeking your own interests, or speaking with maliceB
Then you shall delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; I will nourish you with the heritage of Jacob, your father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.