How to fix things spiritually

Isaiah Bible Background

09.24.2018 – Old Testament: Isa 1.16–17

To read the Bible in a year, read Isaiah 1–3 on September 24, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

When you are dirty spiritually, what do you do? And what do you do after you have taken care of that problem? Isaiah spoke to Israel, saying:

“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.
Cease to do evil,
Learn to do good;
Seek justice,
Rebuke the oppressor;
Defend the fatherless,
Plead for the widow.”
(Isaiah 1.16–17)

Wash yourselves, the prophet declared. For us today the Bible says: “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22.16).

However, as Isaiah continued to say, we have to put away the evil of our doings, which occur right in the sight of God. Quit committing evil.

Yet, quitting evil only takes us so far. What the Lord wants to see is a changed life and Isaiah told his brethren that they had to do good, seek justice, rebuke the oppressor, defend the fatherless, and plead for the widow.

Questions:

  • Have you turned away from evil?
  • Does it show in your life by the fact that you are doing good things now?

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