Isaiah 1:1-9, 10-20, 21-31; Key Verse: Isa 1:18, 3
“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" (Isa 1:18, ESV). "Let us settle the matter" (NIV). "Let's settle this" (NLT). "Let us discuss this" (HCSB). "Let's argue our case."
"The ox knows its master, the donkey its owner's manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand" (Isa 1:3, NIV). This is funny, yet very serious.
Theme of Isa 1:2-9: Despite the magnitude, severity and gravity of our sins, God is ever gracious to us by preserving for us a remnant (Isa 1:9).
Why study Isaiah?
- My hope and prayer is that you may be inspiried to take the initiative to read and study Isaiah for your own joy and sanctification, and then find opportunities to share the gems you discovered with others.
- Consider these 7 benefits of studying Scripture with all your heart and 18 questions for HOT (honest, open, transparent) reflection and contemplation: "An Encouragement to Study Scripture (and Isaiah)."