says the Lord."
Isaiah 1: 16-20 Reflection:
This reading gives us a beautiful insight into the mind of God. We usually think of the God of the Old Testament as vengeful and full of wrath. But here today we see a different side of his personality.
"Come now, let us talk this over, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow."
God is talking to the people about sin and forgiveness. There is a beautiful tenderness and closeness in the way God speaks to the people; Come let us talk this over.
This statement shows what is unique about the God of the Israelites; his closeness to his people. We all have the tendency, because of our shame, to come to God with a feeling of fear.
The fear is generally the fear of being seen as we really are. We don't like anyone, including God, to see into our souls. We are aware of our sins.
But we should also be aware of God's great desire to forgive. All he wants to do is talk to us about our sins.
Does that not throw a whole new light on the subject?