Scripture Reading: Isaiah 5:8-8:10 / 2 Corinthians 7:2-16 / Psalm 105:23-36
I was with a two and a half year old little girl the other day and asked her the color of her shirt. It was yellow but she said it was blue. I pointed to it and said, “No, this is yellow. Say yellow.” Of course she said yellow but then I had a follow up question. I pointed to a doll that had a yellow dress and asked her what color it was…again she said “blue”.
Her parents told me that she calls everything “blue”. Someday it will click and she will be able to identify all of her colors. It will be a repetitive learning process of seeing the color, hearing the correct color and putting it all together with understanding and remembrance.
Misidentifying colors is common with children but highly uncommon with adults. Yes there is color blindness but even then, colors are still identifiable. Judah had problems in identifying colors…not the primary colors called red, blue, yellow, green and others. They did not know the foundational colors called Black and White…darkness and light, evil and goodness, false and true.
God said, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”(Isaiah 5:20) It is one thing to be unable to distinguish between darkness and light but it is another thing when darkness is defined as light and light is called darkness.
Israel had replaced the truth of God with a lie…they redefined the fundamental, unchangeable and eternal principles established by God long before the beginning of creation. This was an issue between black and white…good and evil, darkness and light.
How could this happen? Their hearts were calloused, ears were dull and eyes were closed. (6:10) They could see with their eyes but not perceive reality, they could hear with their ears but never quite understand and their hearts were incapable of comprehending because they were dull and hard.
It is important that we not only teach our children their colors, but also teach them truth. The challenge we face…colors are not forgotten but truth becomes vague and relative as we mature. This is why it is imperative for us to daily look to God’s Word for the discovery and reminder of truth. The Bible is our rule for faith, practice and conduct. It is a simple matter of black and white…we cannot afford to confuse them!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!