Come now, let us set things right, says the LORD: Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; Though they be red like crimson, they may become white as wool. Isaiah 1:18 NABRE
The Prophet Isaiah begins speaking in the Lord’s name and with very condemning language for all that the Hebrew people have done wrong. The prophet bemoans the desolation and pain that those who neglect God can experience, and he upbraids them for turning away from God. God has looked after His people, but receives ingratitude. When they abandon God everything goes wrong for them, Judah is laid to waste and Jerusalem besieged by the armies of Assyria. These occurrences should lead them to consider their position and lead them to the right conclusions. This is the key message from these opening verses; God wants to bring about a change of heart. All is not lost, there are still survivors, they can still mend their ways and hope of salvation. The people’s sin is not so much a deliberate intention to offend God but more in their not knowing, or not understanding. The verse we have quoted turns the message to hope, that setting things right with God, sins can be taken from scarlet to white, from red crimson to white. Quite the transformation, the color of blood, death, fire, what we sometimes associate with evil taken to a purity, newness, the things we many times associate with goodness. The imagery is vivid and God’s message clear. People can discipline their behavior and accept God in their life or refuse and resist leading to destruction.
I believe we all need to change, we must become a sign of goodness and purity. God desires purity and provides grace to achieve purity. We must desire purity. Love others and God, it is easy but God also gives us the strength and fortitude to achieve anything.
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