Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 5, 2017

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord,”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah 1:18-20.

“18 “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.
19 “If you consent and obey,
You will eat the best of the land;
20 “But if you refuse and rebel,
You will be devoured by the sword.”
Truly, the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”    Isaiah 1:18-20.

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“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,”  Verse 18.

There are three points that we will cover.  They should make sense.  They are reasonable.  However, if these three points don’t seem reasonable, accept them as truth, because “…  Truly, the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”  Verse 20.

First point …

“If you consent and obey,
You will eat the best of the land;”  Verse 19.

Second point …

“But if you refuse and rebel,
You will be devoured by the sword.”  …”  Verse 20.

The reasonableness of these first two points is made clear by the following well-accepted and often-quoted illustration.

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked;  for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.  For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”  Galatians 6:7.

In other words, it is reasonable that if we obey God, God will bless us, and if we rebel, God will punish us.

Third point …

“… Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.”  Verse 18.

For those who truly believe in the power of Almighty God, they will accept the reason (believe) that such a powerful God can forgive sins.  Jesus saw that even the scribes who were “reasoning” in their hearts believed that God could forgive sins, and Jesus used it to show His power and prove His ability to forgive sins.

“And Jesus seeing their faith *said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”  But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak that way?  He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?”  Immediately Jesus, aware in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, *said to them, “Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts?  Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’;  or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk’?  But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—He *said to the paralytic, “I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home.”  And he got up and immediately picked up the pallet and went out in the sight of everyone, so that they were all amazed and were glorifying God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”  Mark 2:5-11.

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