Isaiah 1:18-20 ” 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. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

In this passage, God basically said to Judah, “Let’s debate what you’ve been doing in a Court of Law.”  Now Judah had been practicing religious festivals of their own making in blatant defiance against God…and now God was calling them to repent of this Religious Spirit.  He likened their sinfulness to the red blood-stained hands of a murderer…but offered forgiveness if they would only turn back to Him.  The choice was simple – life and prosperity or death and destruction.  Or as the choices are explained in the Scriptures, “If they obey and serve Him, they’ll spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.” (Job 36:11)    OR    “If you disobey and rebel against His commands, His hand will be against you.” (I Samuel 12:15)     In the end, God demands righteousness…either through repentance on our behalf or through the purification of His judgment against all mankind.

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