Please read Isaiah 1:16-2
In verses 16-20 is an important lesson: not only feel sorrow for the sin committed, but break off the practice. It is plain that the sacrifices of the law could not atone for sin, even for outward national sins. But, blessed be God, there is a Fountain opened, in which sinners of every age and position may be cleansed. Watch!
God gave them a call to repentance and reformation:
A. They must cease to do evil.
In other words, do no more wrong, and shed no more innocent blood.“Our business is to wash ourselves from it by repenting of it and turning from it. We must put away not only that evil of our doings which is before the eye of the world, by refraining from the gross acts of sin, but that which is before God’s eyes, the roots and habits of sin, that are in our hearts; these must be crushed and mortified. Matthew Henry.
B. They must learn to do good.
I think we all understand that it is not enough that we cease to do evil, but we must learn to do well.
- We must be doing, not cease to do evil and then stand idle.
- We must be doing good, the good which the Lord our God
- We must do it well, in a right manner and for a right end.
So, God is saying, life and death, good and evil are set before you. “Come now, and let us reason together.”
What is your objection against the fairness of this, or against complying with God’s terms?’
Certainly all would agree that one of the laws of the scripture is purity of heart for the Christian. God will not use a dirty vessel. So we have one of two choices:
- Clean up our own life.
- Continue to live in rebellion against God.
God has given us a remedy for cleansing: