“For our transgressions are multiplied before you, and our sins testify against us …” (v12). Isaiah pointed out the awfulness of Israel’s sin and urged them to repent while there was opportunity. “Your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you” (v2). Even though the Israelites had God’s Law, they were lying, cheating, obstructing justice, filled with “desolation and destruction.” On their own, they were lost: “They way of peace they do not know” (v8). But God is full of compassion.
"And a Redeemer will come to Zion …” (v20). Before we even asked, God had a plan to rescue and redeem us. His mercy is greater than our sins.