Bible Passage(s): Isaiah 1: 1 - 20
Memory Verse: “Come now, and 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 be as wool.
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;" Isaiah 1: 18 – 19 (NKJV)
New beginnings beckons us in God and in our lives as a result of His mercy. The English Standard Version of the book of Lamentations, Chapter 3, verses 22 to 23 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.“
The Lord calls us to repentance as a people and nation. We have done terrible and incredible things. We have neglected and oppressed the poor. We have cared only for our own to the detriment of those who cannot help themselves. We have pillaged the land and shed innocent blood, either directly or indirectly. We have left undone those things we should have done, and shirked our responsibilities, running after filthy lucre. We have played politics with human lives, even sacrificing them to evil idols for political ambitions and power. Our sins have piled up to the heavens and God is not happy with us.