Message of the Day: So We May Be Enlightened And Be Cleansed If We Obey
Text: Isaiah 1:1-31
Key Verse: 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.” (NKJV)
Isaiah’s critical denunciation of Israel’s hypocritical religiosity (Isaiah 1:1-9) reminds us of Jesus’ harsh condemnation of the scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23. The point is that making a show of religiosity is of no value. Only those genuine repentance and obedience would save them. The people thought they were pleasing God by offering sacrifices, attending public worship services, and keeping the special national festivals. However, their daily lives were littered with disobedience, their religious exercises were hateful to God. No matter how precise the form of worship, God will reject it unless they show a corresponding zeal for right behavior.
God addressed the nation of Israel and invites them to reason or argue with him so they may see the just and loving principle of his dealings with them. It is indeed, a solemn move on God’s part to submit the claims and principles of his government to reason, on the proposition that people may witness the propriety of his ways, and of his plans, and in turn, experience cleansing if they opt to be obedient.
In the same way, we must turn from our selfishness and hypocrisy, and begin to show love and honesty in our daily dealings if we want to please God. He is willing to cleanse us but it will depend on us. We must be willing to stop pleasing ourselves and obey God instead.
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