“Come now, let us settle the matter,” 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. Isaiah 1:18 NIV
With a “Snow Day” in Tuscaloosa (although we missed most of the snow-sad face), I thought it would be a good time to look at this verse. We are far removed from Isaiah’s world of ritual animal sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins. Blood, deep red as scarlet and crimson depending on how the light engages it, was the most significant color associated with the sacrifices for sin. The death of the animal was always a symbol substituting for the sins of the people. The people left the sacrifice with that image of the shedding of blood in their mind’s eye.
As important as the sacrifice is to our salvation, Isaiah tells us not to get stuck in the past failures associations (even those forgiven), but rather look to the new standing we have as clean before God. We are not just forgiven, we are made pure and righteous. Snow is so powerful of a reflector of light it only takes a couple of inches to make a blanket of white to totally hide the colors beneath. God forgave us once and for all in the death and blood shed by Jesus, but now He also clothes us in His purity of righteousness.
When you see the whiteness of the snow…even if you have to see someone else’s pics, know that this is the way that God looks at you…clean and white…a ready vessel to do His bidding.
Blessings Love y’all