Verse #2 — Is. 1:17-18

Isaiah 1:17-18 (New International Version, ©2010)

17 Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.

18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” 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.

If you’re like me, verse 18 is much more familiar than verse 17. Why is this?

Both elements–justice and grace–are important to God. Why do we tend to desire grace but be hesitant to work for justice? Are those even appropriate words to summarize this passage?

We know grace is biblical, but justice (“social” justice) is often considered political rather than the work of the church, the collective body of Christ. Why is this? Is this social analysis merely a misperception on my part?

How are you or your faith community living these verses?

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