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The Terms of the Judgement

Old Testament

A Sermon on Isaiah 1:16-18

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
cease to do evil,
learn to do good;
seek justice,
correct oppression;
bring justice to the fatherless,
plead the widow’s cause.

“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 like crimson,
they shall become like wool. (ESV)

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What a truly awe-inspiring thought that the God of the universe, our Creator, has called sinful humans to come to Him. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from Isaiah 1:16-18 and reminds us of the incredible offer we have from God Himself to come before Him. In this passage, God calls us to reason with Him, to have a discussion about our sins. Yet there is another element to this— a challenge. Because He is our maker, God is just to demand what He does. Because we have disobeyed Him, the punishment for our sins is just. What silences this, though, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones makes note of, is the grace of God’s offer that follows this challenge. We need clean hands and a pure heart to stand before God, yet because every one of us have the guilt of sin staining us, we cannot merit this forgiveness on our own. But, as Isaiah states in this passage, Jesus has offered to take our sins that are as red as scarlet and make them as white as snow. As the old hymn communicates so poetically, there is a fountain filled with blood that is drawn from Emmanuel’s veins. Yet, sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains. Trust in Jesus today for forgiveness from your sins!

Additional Scripture Translations

Isaiah 1:16-18, New American Standard Bible

16“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;

Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight.

Stop doing evil,

17Learn to do good;

Seek justice,

Rebuke the oppressor,

Obtain justice for the orphan,

Plead for the widow’s case.

Invitation to Debate

18“Come now, and let us debate your case,

Says the Lord,

“Though your sins are as scarlet,

They shall become as white as snow;

Though they are red like crimson,

They shall be like wool.

Isaiah 1:16-18, King James Version

16¶ Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 17Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 18Come now, and let us reason together, saith 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.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.