August 23                                         Day 237

How Then Shall We Live?

Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” – Isaiah 1:18


Though Your Sin Be as Scarlet

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It is amazing that this great offer to come reason together in Isaiah 1:18 is introduced in its original language as a reference to the law of the courts; “Let us reason together.” The defendants in this case were the Israelites who had repented and shown a will to lead a Godly life; as described in Isaiah: 16-17, but still struggled the guilty stain of their sins and shed blood.
The Lord had mercy on the Israelites, and said to them, “Let us come together” (as defendant and plaintiff in a court of law).  In this verse we gain valuable insight into God’s plan of bringing His people, grieving their sin, into a place of reconciliation with Him.
Commentaries on Israel’s sin being as scarlet are graphic as used menstrual clothes. This graphic illustration in the days of Isaiah (740 B.C.), showed Hebrew how women would take a white garment, dye it a bright red (scarlet) color from a dye that was extracted from an insect called a Caccus ilicic, and use it for dyeing fabric and leather.
The white garment, soaked in the red dye, would be left to dry in the wind; then that same garment would be re-dyed a second time, thus making the red color a permanent stain to the very fiber of the cloth.
What Isaiah is saying is, “Though your sin be as scarlet,” (a permanent double-dyed stain) God will wash your soul as the whiteness of snow and new lambs wool.
Jesus was mockingly clothed in scarlet at his trial (Matt. 27:28). The garment color, symbolized the sin of all put on the One who was as pure as the whitest snow. He took our stained garments upon himself to stand trial in our place.
If today you are feeling clothed in scarlet from a past sin or current struggle, take your stained garments to the Lord, and “reason together” with Him as He did with the Israelites so many years ago. It doesn’t matter how deep you believe the sin to be woven into the fabric of your soul, what matters is that you believe His promise, and He wants to wash you as white as snow through the blood of His Jesus.


Words to Think About…




Every promise of Scripture is a writing of God, which may be pledged before Him with this reasonable request: Do as Thou hast said.”- Charles H. Spurgeon.”


If you were to spend a month feeding on the precious promises of God, you would not be going about with your heads hanging down like bulrushes, complaining how poor you are; but you would lift up your heads with confidence, and proclaim the riches of His grace because you could not help it.”- Dwight L. Moody