By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"Wash you, and make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before Mine eyes; cease to do evil. Learn to do well; seek judgement, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 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. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land."Isaiah 1:16-19Today's Read: Isaiah 1; Psalm 51-------The Lord brings us to the word "reasoning."This is most curious because, in the truest sense of the word, God knows there is no "reasoning" with man. Since the beginning of man and the beginning of His nation Israel, reasoning with man has procured nothing but resistance, rebellion, and rejection.Read the context of this passage and you'll catch a glimpse of what it's like for God to "reason" with man:"The ox knoweth his owner, and the donkey his master's crib, but Israel doth not know, My people doth not consider. Ah sinful nation, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters, they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any more? Ye will revolt more and more; the whole head is sick and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified by ointment."Isaiah 1:3-6-------Do we see how utterly wasted, wrecked, and ruined we are, friend?Do we see what a sinful, sickening, degenerate people we are without God's intervention?Do any of us seriously think "ourselves" something?Do any of us presume ourselves beyond the state of utter forsakeness and think ourselves advanced beyond Israel's waywardness?Hmmm ...The moment we see our true "unreasonable" state;We begin to enter into a glorious state where we come humbly before our Redemptive King and recognize all He has procured for us:-All of our depravities, evils, ills, and sins have been entirely cleansed by the "bleeding" One.-All of our weaknesses rejoice triumphant in the Merciful One's crucified state.-All of our frailty, fickleness, and faithlessness has been atoned by the faithful God through the Living and Everlasting Christ on our behalf.How can it be that we should be loved by such a God as this?How can it be, that in light of all He sees, He loves deeper yet?But He does.In spite and in light of all man's ways, God the Father asserts the remedy for our sinful diagnosis and puts forth the redemptive terms in His Son's sacrifice.And because of this love ... we are reconciled.Together we are made whole,In this "unreasonable" love.-------Three Study Suggestions:1) Read and review Isaiah 1 and Psalm 51 and weep over your condition and Christ's unreasonable love for "you."2) Ask God for nothing today.Just praise Him, Praise Him, And praise Him some more.3) When you get off your knees ... go love accordingly.------"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid: for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation."Isaiah 12:2
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