Daily Devotional – Reason Together

Is Christianity just Based on Unreasonable Faith, Blind Faith, or ...

(KJV and RVR 1960)


CONTEXT:

Isaiah is considered one of the “Major” prophets, and this book begins with a clear understanding that God is giving him a vision of all that Israel has done in rebellion and sinning against God v.1-9.

God is, using human terms, fed up with Israel’s ongoing disobedience v.10-17 and makes this also very clear.

Yet God is also Loving and Merciful v. 19-31 and foretells of Israel’s restoration if they will repent and obey.  

You may have notice v.18 our text was skipped. As many commentators note it is one of a very few stand alone verses (does not connect to preceding or following verse) in the bible. Most also agree this is directed specifically to the very small remnant of faithful followers of the Law of God. 


BREAKDOWN:

Come now, God calls the remnant Himself, it is a personal interaction 

and let us reason together, Let us reason out or argue what is before us,; not in the sense of a heated angry argument but a logical discernment of the fact before us. 

saith the LordThus saith the Lord! There can be no doubt God is calling His faithful.  

though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;  (see below)

though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.  All sin, everyone of commision (ones you purposefully did) and omission (ones you did not realize you did) are a transgression against the Holy God of all creation. These sins are are as red is a reference to the blood soaked scapegoat used in ancient Israel and more importantly to the Blood of Christ. It is only through this Blood sacrifice that forgiveness of sin is possible. 


APPLICATION: 

I think there are two (2) key takeaways from today’s text: 

    • GOD IS REASONABLE: I hear it all the time, ‘how could a loving God…’ Well here we have proof and there are many more incidents of God asking His chosen people to ‘be reasonable with Him.’ This is also applicable to ALL PEOPLE, for anyone who is reasonable and thinks things through logically will reason out what God had Isaiah write:

    • AN AMAZING OFFER: When we deserve nothing more than eternal damnation for our sins against a Righteous God, He offers forgiveness and Salvation from the bondange of Sin. What is more this offer is FREE, to strings, no for a small fee, or just add S&Hm to get it. 

Note that God’s offer is not Universal nor Arbitrary either. It is offered to all but only  given to those who stop rebelling against God, repent and make Christ Lord and Savor of their lives. It would seem reasonably logical to desire this in lieu of sin and damnation. 


OTHER RESOURCES:

*** I finished writing this and reviewed previous articles I had posted and realized just a few weeks ago I had used the same verse in a Sunday Sermon Series.

SERMON: 

The Silver Trumpet

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, March 24, 1861, Scripture: Isaiah 1:18

From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 7

 

Who is a God Like Unto Thee

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Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage?(*) He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

 – Micah 7:18-19 (KJV)

(*) At first glance many will just read over this (and much of the Old Covenant/Testament with little thought other than ‘that’s nice’ or ‘I knew that’ or some such thing. But pause a moment to really thing about what is written here in these two verses.

God pardons, that is as He did not see it, completely ignoring it forgiving it having compassion upon those who have transgressed (sinned against Him). There are few questions that arise from these passages of scripture; 1) Who is it that God forgives and has compassion for and 2) Why does God choose to does this. 

First; this is clearly aimed at God’s chosen people,the remnant of his heritage”, His elect. The bible in Verses like Isaiah 1:18, Acts 3:19 and 1 John 1:9 make it clear that only those who repent and ask for forgiveness will receive it. The unregenerate, unbelieving do not see their sinful ways and will never do this. 

Second: God is both a just and merciful God. He does not simply overlook our sin for all transgression must be punished Num 14:18Romans 3:22-26 (AMP). So why does God forgive any sin, because he delighteth in mercy.” Think on that a moment and realize once again there is nothing you can do it is all about God and God alone, Sola Deo Gloria!

Third: I forgot to mention the implied third question these verses leave us with. If God only pardons His elect that is His chosen people what happens to the remainder of folks?  Romans 1:18-32 makes it clear man is without excuse and .v32 “Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”   -Mike

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