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Isaiah 1:18

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

 

To reason together means to make clear, to demonstrate, to prove and to be in the sunshine. Job said, “Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.” Job 9:33. A daysman is a mediator or arbiter. A daysman is someone who stands between two parties for the purpose of bringing understanding and unity between the two. Job was saying that there is no one to stand between him and God and plead his case to the LORD. Job felt like he was being judged and chastised by the LORD unjustly.

 

Job was doing a lot of things correctly on the outside but was still missing something on the inside, namely a correct motive which was obedience to the LORD and not lots of great religious works so he would be worthy of a big reward.

 

Likewise in Isaiah chapter one, verse thirteen, the LORD said, “Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.”

 

How sad that our religious good works and even our solemn meetings could be such a turn off to the LORD God of all heaven and earth. It seems that today’s religious atmosphere has become, in large part, about where I rank in spiritual standing or spiritual growth as compared to someone else or as compared to another church or religious organization. In verse eighteen the LORD said all of that is sin and we need to come to an understanding about what I am really looking for.

 

It is time we return to simple faith and obedience to the Lord God Almighty, in love and from a heart filled with gratitude and grace for His unspeakable gift to us, even Jesus Christ. It was just such as example of love and obedience to His Father when Jesus died on the cross for me and not because He was trying to accomplish a great spiritual work so that He would out rank everyone else.

 

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