Well I was bound to forget to post on at least one day. 🤦🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️
Day 20 of #samjyogaadvent in my real life was crazy hectic but wonderful at the same time so here’s what I would’ve shared yesterday about the theme: INVITE.
I found this scripture in Isaiah 1:
“Come now, and let us reason together, said the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (v.18 NIV)
I love this scripture.
I love it because this invitation in the beginning, to come and reason together, is not God approaching Israel as an authoritative Lord, but rather as if He were an equal.
I’ve read that in the original Hebrew, the words used in this verse imply a sort of contention that we would see in courts of law, where to opposing sides come together and state grounds for each of their causes. But He’s asking us, inviting us to come flush out the truth and His ways with Him, and a potential debate is almost implied.
He says, ‘Let’s reason together’ like we would say to a friend or spouse during a disagreement, ‘Okay, we’re going to sit down and figure this out.’ Both sides get heard, each one allowed to make his or her case, and ultimately, a judgment made.
What sets this apart from the way this happens between to people is that the judgement has already been made. What God says to His people here let’s us know: that even though we were dirty and stained, in His grace He washes us clean.
And this began at Christmas, when word became flesh, and Jesus was born. Having come to do the will of His father, He carried out this judgment by being our atonement.
But we aren’t just expected to not have questions about this. We are invited to ponder these things, wonder about them, question them, and discover them; and He’s willing to do it with us. He’s invited us to the table to talk it out and answer our questions, making His case and letting us make ours. We’re allowed to find for ourselves that He is good, He just, and He is loving. And I love that.