Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.”
(Isaiah 1:18 ESV)

Today I began my journey through the prophets in my personal bible meditations.  Isaiah is the first of the prophetic books in the Old Testament.

As I began to read, I was greatly discouraged to read of a nation who was living under the judgment of God.  Things were a sinful mess.  So much so that God basically told them to stop having special religious days of sacrifice.  He was fed up with their religiosity including their prayers.

We should be warned about our own vain attempts to impress God.  Even in these early days of Lent, don’t let your observance of this time become something that God despises.  Isaiah calls for a radical turnaround or repentance from his people.  Cease evil.  Do good.

Then verse 18 rolls around.  Have sweeter words ever been spoken or written?  Read the verse again.  Scarlet sins changed to snow white.  Crimson red sins become wool white.

Rather than a scarlet letter sewn or emblazoned on our breasts (which is what we deserve), we can be clothed in the most glorious white garments.

This verse has been sweet to my ears for a very long time.  I remember in my much younger days, hearing an amazing song using the words of this verse.  Years later my scarlet letter was fixed on my breast and I nearly withered away.  Yet God has been exceptionally merciful.  He has cleansed my crimson stains.