Bible Society of South Africa
Xanthe Galanis

Come to Me – Day 2

An invitation from a reasonable God

Bible text(s)

18The LORD says, “Now, let's settle the matter. You are stained red with sin, but I will wash you as clean as snow. Although your stains are deep red, you will be as white as wool. 19If you will only obey me, you will eat the good things the land produces.

Isaiah 1:18-19GNBOpen in Bible reader

The more I read the Bible and study God’s word, the more I find that the Lord is constantly calling and inviting mankind to come to him, despite our hypocrisy and disobedience! And of all the wonderful things that God is, he is reasonable.

If the first part of Isaiah 1 sounded like a prosecutor stating his case, this part sounds more like a lawyer negotiating an out-of-court settlement. This is not a call to trial or a call to judgement. It is a call to Israel to open their hearts and listen. God is calling a meeting with Israel, not to establish guilt, but to arrange pardon. He is not asking for compensation or for retribution for their past, he is simply asking them to obey.

God desires to reason with his people. More than that, God desires to restore his people and to give them the best. He does not simply command Israel or demand that they obey him; he leaves the decision with them. Today, he leaves the same decision with you.

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