This morning, I read Bible Gateway’s Word for the Day with the intention of writing about whatever verses were used. I’m now wishing I hadn’t!
Today’s Scripture is, “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1: 16-17 NKJV)
I uttered under my breath, ‘ha ha, very funny. I don’t know how to write about that!’ I sometimes wonder whether God deliberately does it – He knows what I’m going to intend to do, so He inspires, for example, Bible Gateway to choose that particular Scripture, and then He has a good laugh when I am actually faced with doing it! I don’t think that’s accurate – it’s probably more likely that I think that way because of the ‘conspiracy theory’ part of my personality disorder; but I digress.
I then clicked on the button which enables one to read the rest of the chapter, in the hope that I could fudge it and add more of the chapter in order to make my life easier. What comes before would not have helped me. But then I moved on to verse 18, which says, ‘“Come now, and 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 be as wool.’ – This is more like it, I thought to myself.
Then I continued reading, and verses 19-20 say, ‘”If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.‘ (Isaiah 1:18-20 NKJV) Ouch, that’s not very pleasant to read, is it?!?
I’m not sure how to write about this because I’m not very political. That’s a lame excuse, but it’s true. I’ve never been big into social justice. I only became compassionate a couple of years ago and before that I was a very dogmatic ‘Pharisee-like’ believer in God – in no-way like a disciple of Jesus. So, these verses make me very uncomfortable – because it brings into sharp focus what I should be doing, but am not. The only thing I like about these verses is the hope of the (then future, in Isaiah’s time) coming of Jesus to redeem us.
Perhaps that same hope applies to my appalling track-record of being fairly un-compassionate and inactive politically.
© Hannah Kirk 2019