Daily Memory Verse: December 11 2017
Isaiah 1:18 "Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool."
(Originally written December 11, 2016)
I woke to our first snow.
I'll have a lot of work to do to clear my driveway, but I needed to enjoy the sparkling whiteness aglow from the streetlights first. Since it is still dark I turned my porch lights on as well so I could see the glint going down the steps of my porch and into the driveway.
Of course it reminded me of this passage, part of God's opening statement through Isaiah to Israel. The way I read it, this was written as a warning to national repentance, for a return from their rebellion.
They had forsaken the Lord. They had despised the Holy One of Israel. Their cities lay desolate. In their presence foreigners devoured their land. They were compared to Sodom and Gomorrah.
There is an eerie similarity here.
God was tired of their sacrifices. He was tired of their prayers, for their hands were full of blood.
(For comparison, think of how 1/3 of our children have been deliberately killed with the consent of their parents and blessing of the government through abortion).
Yet, God was ready to bestow mercy upon them. To wash them clean. To restore them.
Listen to this: "Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds before my eyes, cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause."
Those are the verses preceding our daily verse.
When I look at the newfallen snow, I think of our verse, and think of God's mercy. He makes it very plain what a nation that pleases Him should do, and showed the rest of the world many times as He dealt with Israel.
But I also see the following verses as well: "If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken."
They listened for a short while, and then quickly fell back into their evil ways. They were given many reprieves, but crept back into their sin and idolatry. Sin ran its inevitable course to self-destruction.
And we know the result.
Today I enjoy the freedom to worship with fellow believers. I have been washed clean by my Holy Savior. I'll take special time to pray, not only for Israel, but for our nation, that we might reason with Him and perhaps, though our sins are as scarlet, we too may be washed whiter than snow.
Today if you hear His voice, harden not your heart.