Can a person fast irreverently? Of course the answer to my question is "Yes." The Pharisees abstaining from this or that brought them no closer to God. And 500 years earlier some Jews were already on the wrong track with this. They had a question about fasting, and they were apparently sincere. The Lord's response through Zechariah must have shocked them: God wasn't impressed. At all. Our religious rituals aren't what He's after.
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