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Summary: The nation of Judah was in deep trouble, they had chosen to walk a path apart from God and God was tired of their sinfulness and would be allowing punishment and pain to come within their lives shortly. The beginning of the Book of Isaiah tells of th

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Called to Be Clean

Invitation of God for us to be Clean

Invitation should be extended to all

Invitations Contents

In 1818, Ignaz Phillip Semmelweis was born into a world of dying women. The finest hospitals lost one out of six young mothers to the scourge of "childbed fever." A doctor’s daily routine began in the dissecting room where he performed autopsies. From there he made his way to the hospital to examine expectant mothers without ever pausing to wash his hands. Dr. Semmelweis was the first man in history to associate such examinations with the resultant infection and death. His own practice was to wash with a chlorine solution, and after eleven years and the delivery of 8,537 babies, he lost only 184 mothers--about one in fifty.

He spent the vigor of his life lecturing and debating with his colleagues. Once he argued, "Puerperal fever is caused by decomposed material, conveyed to a wound. . .I have shown how it can be prevented. I have proved all that I have said. But while we talk ,talk, talk, gentlemen, women are dying. I am not asking anything world shaking. I am asking you only to wash...For God’s sake, wash your hands." But virtually no one believed him. Doctors and midwives had been delivering babies for thousands of years without washing, and no outspoken Hungarian was going to change them now!

Semmelweis died insane at the age of 47, his wash basins discarded, his colleagues laughing in his face, and the death rattle of a thousand women ringing in his ears. "Wash me!" was the anguished prayer of King David. "Wash!" was the message of John the Baptist. "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me," said the towel-draped Jesus to Peter. Without our being washed clean, we all die from the contamination of sin. For God’s sake, wash. Boyce Mouton.

Lets look into Isaiah’s call to people to be clean and Jesus’ call also.

Invitation of God for us to be Clean

Isaiah 1:16-18 (NIV)

...wash and make yourselves clean.

Take your evil deeds out of my sight!

Stop doing wrong,

[17] learn to do right! Seek justice,

encourage the oppressed.

Defend the cause of the fatherless,

plead the case of the widow.

[18] "Come now, let us reason together,"

says the Lord.

"Though your sins are like scarlet,

they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red as crimson,

they shall be like wool.

The nation of Judah was in deep trouble, they had chosen to walk a path apart from God and God was tired of their sinfulness and would be allowing punishment and pain to come within their lives shortly.

The beginning of the Book of Isaiah tells of the abuses of the nation with specific acts noted by God’s prophet?

For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God…

Even still God offered them cleansing.

God hungers for the salvation of man…what of you.

Let’s look at the condition of the nation...

Isaiah 1:2-6 (NIV)

Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! For the Lord has spoken:

"I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me.

[3] The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner’s manger,


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