Tuesday 27 February 2018
Isaiah 1:10, 16-20. Psalm 49(50):8-9, 16-17, 21, 23. Matthew 23:1-12.
To the upright I will show the saving power of God—Psalm 49(50):8-9, 16-17, 21, 23.
Though your sins are like scarlet they will be as white as snow. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
There is great consolation in knowing that these two statements are able to combine in harmony. The saving power of the compassionate God can fashion an upright person from one whose sins are as red as scarlet. Innocence can, by the love of God, be refashioned from one who has travelled a long way in the wrong direction. God’s saving power can turn around even those who have given up on themselves.
Repentance is far ahead of attempting to carry the burdens fashioned by the legalist religious thinkers of Jesus’ time. They made religion to be devoid of life or hope, a system in which a loving God was very hard to recognise.
In fact, God is waiting to see if we notice the Christ presence in the outcasts. Where my treasures are, there is my heart also.