Friday, 29 November 2019
Isaiah 1:18 Come now, 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 become like wool.
While the contrast between red and white is important, as is God's implicit promise to cleanse those who seek forgiveness, the most important point in this verse is the first few words: "Come now, let us reason together."
Firstly, it is about communication. People who do communicate have no relationship; they have no basis for developng a relationship or comin gto an understanding of each other's position. So God invites everyone to talk to Him, to enter into some kind of dialogue so that there is at least a flow of communication and exchange of thought.
Secondly, more than simple conversation, God invites people to reason with Him. "Come on," He says, "let's hear your side of the story." By offering to argue and debate, God offers a frank and realistic evaluation of where He and people are. He is not just condemning people for their sin, but offering them an opportunity to talk about that sin and come to understand for themselves that it is sin, that it causes them damage, that forgiveness is available and that they need to avail themselves of thet forgiveness.
How amazing! God always has been right, is right now and always will be right. Yet He offers dialogue and discussion with sinners - of all people - for them to discover for themslves where they are and what to do about it.