January 23, 2015

Today you should read: Isaiah 59

“Sin, Confession, and Redemption”

This is the chapter title in the NIV Bible and it really sums this chapter up well. Let’s take each one and discuss it:

1. Sin

Isaiah really hammers the people with their sin. He talks about “blood stained hands” and lying and devising evil and violence and so on. He lets the people know they are by no means innocent. Things like justice, righteousness, and truth are so far from them they can’t even be found.

This is a dreary picture of the shape humanity is in but sadly we haven’t gotten any better. Truth be told, we are worse off than they were. Sin is so woven within our culture it has basically become a way of life.

If we were to stop here we would be in a sad state indeed but we have hope in the next 2 words:

2. Confession

Verse 20 sheds light on the picture for them and for us.

“The redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,” declares the Lord.”

God was calling the people to confess their sins to Him and He calls us as well. No matter how bad our sins are, God always calls us to repent and turn to Him and He will always come to us. Which leads us to the next point:

3. Redemption

God promised His Spirit would not depart from them and His words would always be on their lips. When we truly repent of our sins we are fully restored to God. I hope you caught that. We are not restored but questioned; restored but not fully trusted; restored but… We are fully restored. God comes to us and we are fully with Him. Leave today with this wonderful promise that hits home this chapter for us.

“If we confess our sins He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Posted by: Robbie Byrd

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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