Isaiah 1:18

10 Nov

Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the LORD,

“ Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.”

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Read all of Isaiah 1

Beautiful words. Just think an invitation from Almighty God to draw near and be cleansed from sin. While this verse by itself is remarkable on this level, what makes it even more so is the solemn and sorry situation in which He found his people Israel. The chapter begins with what amounts to a dirge or lamentation:

2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth!
For the LORD has spoken:

“ I have nourished and brought up children,
And they have rebelled against Me;
3 The ox knows its owner
And the donkey its master’s crib;
But Israel does not know,
My people do not consider.
4 Alas, sinful nation,
A people laden with iniquity,
A brood of evildoers,
Children who are corrupters!
They have forsaken the LORD,”

And still the Lord calls them (and us) hear and heed His words. Words that then and now come promise and warning:

19 “If you are willing and obedient,
You shall eat the good of the land;
20 But if you refuse and rebel,
You shall be devoured by the sword”;
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

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