Isaiah 59:12-13

Isaiah 59:12-13

12 For our offenses are many in Your sight, and our sins testify against us.
Our offenses are ever with us, and we acknowledge our iniquities:
13 rebellion and treachery against the Lord, turning our backs on our God,
inciting revolt and oppression, uttering lies our hearts have conceived.

The NIV gives this chapter the title Sin, Confession and Redemption which is very fitting. In the verses above we easily see confession. The initial verses though are all about their sins and the resulting darkness they live in as a result of their sin.

9 So justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us.
We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.
10 Like the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our way like people without eyes.
At midday we stumble as if it were twilight; among the strong, we are like the dead.

We do not have to go far in the New Testament to find out what the light is they are looking for

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1

Nor the problem they would have when they finally came upon the light

19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. John 3

Nor would they understand the clarity of the light when He spoke

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

So what does all of this have to do with our verses of the day where we discover the heart is the place where all of our lies are conceived. We like to think of our hearts as the location of the good things in us, where we love, feel compassion, care for one another and so on. Of course it can be that, but it can also be the center of lies, hate, pride, and self-righteousness until there is no room left for the good things or the good things become a distant memory as we indulge in rebellion and treachery against the Lord, turning our backs on our God, inciting revolt and oppression, uttering lies our hearts have conceived.

How do we avoid such rebellion against the Lord? We turn to the Redeemer repenting of our sins

20 “The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,” declares the Lord

It is comforting to know our Redeemer was spoken of by Isaiah approximately 700 years before Jesus, the world’s Redeemer showed up. Clearly our timelines are not God’s timelines.

It’s Monday, have a Great week and think on our Redeemer, the Light of the World.

Isaiah 58:1-5