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From Scarlet to Snow View video
Isaiah 1:10 - 1:20
10. Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom; listen to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
11. "The multitude of your sacrifices-- what are they to me?" says the LORD. "I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
12. When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts?
13. Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations-- I cannot bear your evil assemblies.
14. Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts my soul hates. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.
15. When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood;
16. wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong,
17. learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.
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 as crimson, they shall be like wool.
19. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land;
20. but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword." For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
Reflection
Worthless Religion (1:10–15)
Imagine if the person you loved was unfaithful to you and yet pretended as though nothing had happened. Expressions of affection that were once so sweet to your ears would become unbearable. Gifts would feel like cheap, lazy attempts to cover up wrongdoings, and anniversaries and other special occasions would be painful reminders of a once loving relationship that is falling apart. This is exactly how God feels about the offerings, sacrifices, and festivals of His people. These religious rites that were ordained by God as a means to worship Him have been stripped of their meaning because the people¡¯s hearts are full of idolatry and their hands are full of blood. To God, empty, hypocritical religious actions are worse than no religious actions at all.

Made Clean (1:16–20)
After detailing the many ways His people have perverted their worship, God moves on to describe the things He really desires from them. He commands them to wash themselves clean from their evil deeds and learn to do right. He wants them to seek justice and to defend the oppressed, the fatherless, and the widow. If they can do this, the LORD offers them something incredible: a powerful forgiveness that will wash their bloodied hands white as snow. But humankind is weak and broken, constantly failing to remain obedient to God. This is why He sent His Son to live a life of perfect righteousness and justice on our behalf. ¡°God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God¡± (2 Cor. 5:21).
Application
- Is any part of your worship of God turning into empty religion? How can you revive that area with a renewed sense of meaning and purpose?

- In what ways are you seeking justice and defending the oppressed, the fatherless, and the widow?
A Letter to God
Lord, I repent of the empty worship that I have offered to You this week. Please revive my heart and fill it with Your desire for justice. I want to take up the cause of the vulnerable, just as You command. In Jesus¡¯ name. Amen.