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Isaiah 1:18-20 Come now, let us argue it out, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like 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.
What the prophets taught holds good. God is loving and merciful but God’s purpose will not be balked. We ask: Why has the world fallen into such a fearful plight?
God answers not with mystery but with plain reason, Come and let us reason together. Do you accept the major premise? Do you believe in me and that I am the God of history? Do you refer to me your personal life and the acts that shape the history of your nation? The present state of the world is the direct result of people refusing me, rebelling against me. My promise still holds good: If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.
God is the God of history. That should affect our politics, the way we think and vote, “lest haply we be found even to fight against God.”
MOVING FORWARD: Do a little research on Ecclesiasticus (also called Sirach). Why do you think this book is important for us to read?
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