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 as crimson,
they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the best from the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel,
you will be devoured by the sword.”
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
An Appeal to Reason
We have taken a lot of time just looking at these opening verses because they provide such a wealth of context, how and why God has taken such a firm tone with the nation of Israel. This has been a really good reminder even in my own personal life, that I have so many reasons to listen to God, who is my Father, who wants the best for me and from me!
And here is one more reason still!
Here, we see Isaiah turn to an appeal to reason, to a simple logical explanation of the situation: obedience brings good things, disobedience hurts us. And you’ll note that this logic that Isaiah employs here is so simple, so black and white (or red and white, as it were): that our sins are as scarlet, but can be made white as snow. It’s not even as if it’s really a hard decision!
I think this is yet another good reminder for us as to the character of God – that he is reasonable. What a strange word to describe God! So rarely used, that we serve a reasonable God. We know we serve a holy God, a powerful, a loving one, even an angry one at times…but reasonable? But this is what we find in this passage.
And this is infinitely reassuring to me, that God is not a crazy, capricious, do-anything for no apparent reason kind of God. What he does, he does for a reason. What he wants, he wants for a purpose. He has a mind, and our own somewhat logical mind is made in the image of his! To me, this indicates that this is a God that we can relate to and understand, at least to some extent.
And this should change many things in our lives – how we pray; how we view the circumstances of our lives, no matter how difficult; how we feel towards God, hopefully that we feel a little closer to him than if he were a crazy, incomprehensible God that we might have seen him as previously…
1. How does knowing that God is reasonable change your perception of Him?
2. Does it change your perception of any of the circumstances you find yourself in?
3. How could it change the way in which you pray?