Regardless of how anyone approaches reading the Scriptures, when a person reads in the book of Isaiah that God invites everyone to come and reason with Him, this has to be considered from a relational viewpoint, irrespective of how a reader approaches the book. For like every invitation provided in writing, RSVP (Répondez s'il vous plaît) depends upon whether a person is pleased enough to respond. As it happens, not every person is pleased enough with the invitation in the book of Isaiah to respond.
- “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. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 1:18-20)
That the Bible states the Creator of the Universe would desire to reason with us mere mortals amazed me, and gave me a realization that when I presented my reasoning to Him (just prior to my own encounter with the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ), this is actually what God seeks. Unbeknownst to myself, my presenting to God the complaints I had, which formed an argument about the futility of my existence, fulfilled the above request written in Isaiah.
My argument was that life is futile, if we are born to die; unjust, if we are to suffer when we did not ask to be born; evil, because there is no love in the world, merely a knowledge of what love entails.
Not having been indoctrinated with dogma or other people’s views, when I read Isaiah for the first time, even though most of the book was beyond my understanding, reading Isaiah 1:18–20 was worthwhile. Later on, I became aware of the prophecies that related to the Son of God that are found in the book. Then as I became informed more about the background to the book of Isaiah; various passages before not understood, began to make sense.
The issue of time is a personal matter. Reading the book of Isaiah is not essential for salvation—possessing a relationship with Lord Jesus Christ is the requirement for eternal life each one needs to secure. Nevertheless, reading the Bible from a devotional perspective is always profitable. This includes the book of Isaiah.
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