“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
The book of Isaiah is a book of restoration and reformation. God spoke through prophet Isaiah and gave lots of prophecies in the restoration of the lost glory of His people Israel.
From verse one of this chapter, God was talking about the sin of the nation of Judah. In verse eleven God was asking them: to what purpose is the multitude of their sacrifices? They are vain obligations. In vain they worshiped God. He wasn’t really interested in their burnt offerings, their motives and intentions were totally wrong. God didn’t see it as an act of obedience.
Upon verse twelve He asked them: who has required these things at your hand?
Is not that God was not willing to accept their sacrifices, or He is happy rejecting the offerings of His people. But their iniquity made God unhappy with them.
“Behold, the Lord ‘s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”
God is closer than we think He actually is to us, it’s our iniquity, our lifestyles, our deeds that are making Him stay far away.
God gave His people a new page, a blank sheet to start all over again. It was a new opportunity, He refused to allow them to wander and waste in their sins. God is not rejecting us, He is calling us back. He wants us to negotiate and find a perfect way according to His standards out of our sins, and to set us free from the destructive power of sin.
God is telling us to forsake our old lives and put away that sin that so easily beset us. And focus only on God, who is the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:1-2.
God is pleading here with us saying, “ Come and let us talk, reason, negotiate together: though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” God wants to have a chat with us, He wants us to think and agree together, He wants to see reasons with us. He doesn’t want us to be entangled in the bondage of sin.
The Call To Repentance
God is saying: if you will want eternal life and power that surpasses human understanding, you must begin a new walk with Christ in complete obedience to His rules and Laws.
We must cease to do evil; we must wash and make ourselves clean and whole again. We must learn too well. This is necessary for having complete repentance and turn around.
It is not just enough if we stop living the old. It is very important that we put on the new man and learn to live a righteous life, holy and acceptable to God.
We must continue doing well, our motives must be right. We must practice righteous living so we can have an expected end. We must learn to do well; we must take pains to get the knowledge of our duty, be inquisitive concerning it, in care about it and accustom ourselves to it. That we may become a master of this holy art of doing well.
We must seek judgment and justice; enquire what is right, that we may apply it to our everyday lives.
God is begging us that we can still come as we are to Him, but we cannot remain as we are. He wants to wash us as white as snow!!!
He is saying, while our hands are stained with sin and our hearts are filled up with the guilt of the past, He is still ready to accept us if only we can be washed in the blood of Jesus.
God is giving only one simple condition, which is: Break off your league with sin and you shall be welcomed into His covenant and you will have fellowship and communion with Him.
Though your sins are as red as scarlet, and crimson, though you are under the guilt of blood, yet upon your repentance, you shall be forgiven and you shall appear in the sight of God as white as snow.
If you be willing and obedient!!!
Obedience is important to have a sweet ride with Christ. Others maybe having it their own way, some may say it doesn’t matter, “ God Understands.” It is true! But God will not go against His words for your own selfish interest. He honors His words more than His name. And am happy to tell you that the devil understands as well and there are consequences for everything we are going either good or bad.
Let us reason together…
There are lots of goodies waiting for us, we only need to obey. If we make ourselves clean by repentance and reformation, God will make us whole by full remission. If we are obedient, the good of the land, the promises of the new covenant will be ours.
But if we rebel vs 20!! We will have ourselves to blame; the consequences of disobedience will come upon us.
And Now Life and Death, Good and Evil are set before us; come and let us reason together! What have you to object to complying with God’s conditions?
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