“16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
remove the evil of your deeds from before My eyes;
cease to do evil,
17 learn to do good;
bring justice to the fatherless,
plead the widow’s cause.”
Once more, God tells us He isn’t interested in the blood of bulls or the smoke of burning sacrifices. Rather He looks for us to “seek justice” and to “correct oppression.” We are to help the fatherless obtain justice and we are to plead the cause of the widow. We are called to “learn to do good.”
God doesn’t say to wash others clean or to remove others’ evil deeds from before His eyes. Rather He says, wash yourself clean; remove your evil deeds from before Me. God is always telling us to examine ourselves; but when it comes to other people, He calls us to reach out in love with an offer of genuine help. Sometimes providing that help involves standing up against injustice and oppression.
Cease to do evil. Learn to do good.