Sunday, August 18, 2013

Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet

Today I read Isaiah 1.  Nephi remarks that Isaiah is plain to those who are learned in the ways of the Jews.  He says that he delights in the words of Isaiah, but that his children and people have a hard time with it because they are not learned in the ways of the Jews.  I can understand their hardship, it is hard to understand Isaiah at times, he seems to bounce around a lot, even in chapters like this first one, there seems to be no commonality between what he is talking about.  Although based on the very first verse, I think this first chapter is a composite of several prophecies that Isaiah gave over the years.

It is clear that Isaiah understood the Atonement and how it worked.  He states that although our sins will be as scarlet, they can become as white as snow.  This is of course accomplished through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  If we really repent and forsake our sins, we can become clean and our sins can be wiped away.  When this happens, it is as if we never made the sins in the first place.  We will remember them still and I think that is a good thing, it reminds us not to commit them again, we remember how we felt and that should be a deterrent, it is never fun to have the Spirit leave us.  It is to be avoided if possible.  Until tomorrow.

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