If you ask most people what a “good ” person looks like, they’ll probably say things like, “They help the less-fortunate and volunteer a lot…they’ve never killed anyone or stole from others, and they’re good parents to their children.” But this verse tells us that all these wonderful acts of righteousness are nothing more than foul garbage in the sight of the Lord. We may think we are doing a wonderful job, but to God we are stubborn-hearted and far from righteousness and truth. An example of this were the women of Zion in Chapter 3 of Isaiah where God called them haughty as they pranced around with outstretched necks and flirting eyes. He warned them of His judgment upon them, for only God can declare the conditions by which we may be called righteous. And no amount of effort on our part can in any way obligate God to repay our so called righteousness with His gift of Salvation…in fact, we are totally powerless to force Him to grant righteousness to us. But there is a way to be cleansed of this foulness and God promised it to the women of Zion in Isaiah 4:4, “The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion.” And today we have that same promise…we can be washed in the blood of the Lamb and cleansed from all our unrighteousness.