Come 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. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
If Judah followed what Isaiah had previously told them, they would be cleansed from the worst of sins and enjoy the good things that God had provided for them. It is significant that the first chapter of Isaiah’s prophecy, whose name means “salvation is of God,” should contain the gospel invitation – he told the people that God wanted them to come to Him and reason together, so that no matter how wicked their sins, they would find forgiveness. But if the people refused and continued to rebel, then war and destruction awaited them. The salvation message is the same today – divine reasoning, accepted by faith, teaches that there is cleansing from sin, that this cleansing is totally apart from human merit or effort, and that it is only through the redemption which the Lord Jesus accomplished by the shedding of His blood on the cross.