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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

July 28, 2021

Daily Reading: Isaiah 1-4


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.


The book of Isaiah is a book about Christ. When the apostle John wrote his gospel account of Jesus he said of Isaiah’s prophecy: These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him. John 12:41 While reading this book keep an eye out for references about the Lord Jesus Christ. Within its pages are wonderful, touching, and sorrowful truths given about the life and times of the coming Messiah.


Isaiah’s ministry lasted about 40 years, from about 740-700 B.C. The prophet continually warns Israel to return and serve the “Holy One of Israel” (a title used 26 times in this book) and speaks of things to come in the last days.


In the very first chapter Isaiah sets the tone for the entirety of his message with one verse. A verse of promise, a verse of love, a verse of grace, mercy, forgiveness, comfort, and assurance. 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. While primarily these words were preached to Israel, they are equally applied to all people of all ages, for it is the Lord God and He alone that can perform such a miracle. To remove scarlet dye and crimson stains from pure wool would be a challenge for even today’s modern detergents and cleaning agents, but in the day of Isaiah, using pure water, these stains were permanent.


Only the Lord God of Heaven can do such a thing; permanently eliminate the stain of sin from the soul. This is His business; it is the business that Jesus proclaimed to His mother and stepfather would be His life work. He must be about His Father’s business. Which succinctly put is washing sinners, making them as clean and pure as fresh fallen snow or the purest of wools. This is that which He promises, and it is reasonable.


The very last book of the Bible speaks of this cleansing. And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, (Revelation 1:5). Isaiah tells us all about it. The cleansing power of the Lord Jesus Christ to those who come to Him through His gospel via repentance.


Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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