Isaiah 1:18 ” ‘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.’ ”
The Scene: 1) soiled wash cloth; 2) pure white wash cloth; 3) bottle of bleach.
When we ask the Lord our God for forgiveness, in sincerity, in repentance for our sins, it’s like a soiled wash cloth (sin) being washed in bleach water (living water). This is similar to hyssop being used in the Old Testament.*When left in the bright sun to dry, the cloth became white again after being dirty.
*Hyssop: a sweet smelling plant of the mint family, used in Egypt and Israel (Palestine) in ceremonial rites of the Israelites, which is a symbol for inner healing.
The Israelites used hyssop branches to spread the blood of a lamb or goat on the door posts of their homes to protect them from the angel of death as it passed by before their Exodus from Egypt, being led by Moses. (See Exodus 12:22-30)
Psalm 51:7 “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”
Matthew 4:17 “From that time on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.’ ”
Acts 2:38 “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.’ ”
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