January 20, 2015

Today you should read: Isaiah 566

Who is the foreigner in this passage? Was God speaking about people from other tribes and nations primarily? If so, how do you and I relate to this today? God was talking about other tribes and nations but not for ethic or nationality sake. In the Old Testament the tribe you were with represented what god you worshipped. So foreigner was the same thing as saying lost (people without a relationship with God) because they did not follow after the one true God as the Jews did (or were supposed to). So the way for a foreigner in this passage to come into a relationship with God was to become a part of the nation of Israel and follow the book of the law. So in other words, you and I were foreigners at one time to God because we did not have a relationship with him. That is what makes Romans 1:16-17 so powerful when it says:

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith”

We do not have to change our ethnicity or move away from our family in order to have a relationship with God. We simply just need to believe in the gospel as Paul lines it out in Romans 10:9-10:
“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
The promise from God in Isaiah 56:6-8 to the foreigner (lost) is one we should all cling to.

And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord,
to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord,
and to be his servants,
everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,
and holds fast my covenant—
7 these I will bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer
for all peoples.”
8 The Lord God,
who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares,
“I will gather yet others to him
besides those already gathered.”
We have been gathered to the Lord and we can hope in the promise of being with Him for all eternity.

Question to Ponder:
If you are now in Christ do you have the same heart for your lost (foreigner) friend that you work with or spend time with? How are you going to help them learn about God’s invitation for the lost?

Posted by: Chad Wiles

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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