Welcome to the prophetic Book of Isaiah! The prophet Isaiah wrote this text for two main reasons: (1) to warn Israel of God’s judgment against their sin, and (2) to prophecy the fulfillment of God’s messianic covenant. All throughout this book, these two themes are prevalent... “Israel, you’ve gotten yourself into some BIG trouble, but, thankfully, Someone is coming to the rescue...” And, boy, isn’t it great we know who that Someone is today…
“Come now, let us settle the matter,”
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.”
—Isaiah 1:18 NIV
Imagine you’re in North Korea this morning, thinking how you’ll break out.
Have you heard how difficult it is?
First, you need to earn a living wage to afford whatever plan you’ve concocted.
Second, you need to avoid malnourishment—you can’t escape if you aren’t healthy enough for a lengthy journey.
There’s obviously the risk of getting caught by the police.
If you suddenly escape one day, all your connections will be interrogated and imprisoned, even your neighbors regardless of their culpability. It’s in Ned Flanders’ best interest to turn you in!
If you’re fortunate enough to make it across the border somehow, you’ll need to avoid the Chinese from turning you back into North Korea…
and also human traffickers looking to sell you into slavery.
But do you know what THE hardest part of escaping in North Korea is? The hardest part of escaping North Korea is knowing you need escaping.
In order to be saved by Jesus, you need to understand you need saving! My question to you is this: Do you know “your sins are like scarlett?”
Daily Battle Order:
Name your recent “scarlett sins” this morning.
(1) Confess them to a Brother in Christ.
(2) Confess them to Jesus.
(3) Thank Him they are now “white as snow.”