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 (Isa 1:18).
We have gotten much spiritual mileage out of the above verse, painting our sins as flaming scarlet and the deepest crimson, deserving hell fire for sure, but then turning them white as snow: forgiven and washed away by the Word of God. Good mileage. Good preaching for sure. But I wonder if the verse could not just as well refer tothe progressive nature of untreated leprosy?
The disease may in its beginning stages present an angry crimson color around affected areas. Left untreated, these may become white as snow (Num 12:10), the hair in those areas also becoming white like wool. If allowed to continue its progressive rant, it will numb the nerves of the hands and feet, and disfigure the face, quite possibly resulting in blindness.
Does this latter interpretation sound somewhat like the progressive nature of some of our present national ills? Might we have contracted societal leprosy? If so, I do believe the cure is found in the first interpretation.
Pastor Bobby Norton
Feb 8, 2019