2166.) Isaiah 56

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Isaiah 56   (ESV)

Salvation for Foreigners

Thus says the Lord:
“Keep justice, and do righteousness,
for soon my salvation will come,
and my righteousness be revealed.
Blessed is the man who does this,
and the son of man who holds it fast,
who keeps the Sabbath, not profaning it,
and keeps his hand from doing any evil.”

We are to continue with these good things—keeping justice, doing righteousness, honoring the Sabbath—in anticipation of what God will do! Perhaps your life has been hard recently, and you are a little tired and even discouraged. Take heart! God is blessing your obedience!

Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say,
“The Lord will surely separate me from his people”;

I55 all nations

Who can be saved? Not only the Jews! All sorts of others, be they local or far-away, young or old, sick or well, rich or poor—all who turn their hearts truly towards God! Those who obey the Word of the Lord will belong to Christ’s kingdom! Here we will find true diversity and sincere unity combined!

and let not the eunuch say,
“Behold, I am a dry tree.”
For thus says the Lord:
“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
who choose the things that please me
and hold fast my covenant,
I will give in my house and within my walls
a monument and a name
better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
that shall not be cut off.

I55 Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem  is Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953 through the Yad Vashem Law passed by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. Yad Vashem is the second most-visited tourist site in Israel, after the Western Wall.

The name “Yad Vashem” is taken from a verse in the Book of Isaiah:  “Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name (yad vashem) better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off” (Isaiah 56:5). Naming the Holocaust memorial “yad vashem” conveys the idea of establishing a national depository for the names of Jewish victims who have no one to carry their name after death.

–Wikipedia

“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—
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.”

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Mark 11:15-18   (NLT)

Jesus Clears the Temple

When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people buying and selling animals for sacrifices. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves, and he stopped everyone from using the Temple as a marketplace. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”

When the leading priests and teachers of religious law heard what Jesus had done, they began planning how to kill him. But they were afraid of him because the people were so amazed at his teaching.

The Lord God,
who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares,
“I will gather yet others to him
besides those already gathered.”

Israel’s Irresponsible Leaders

All you beasts of the field, come to devour—
all you beasts in the forest.

Beasts of the field — a metaphor for hostile nations.

10 His watchmen are blind;

Blind watchmen, silent dogs, shepherds without understanding — various negative references to the leaders of Israel.

they are all without knowledge;
they are all silent dogs;
they cannot bark,
dreaming, lying down,
loving to slumber.
11 The dogs have a mighty appetite;
they never have enough.
But they are shepherds who have no understanding;
they have all turned to their own way,
each to his own gain, one and all.
12 “Come,” they say, “let me get wine;
let us fill ourselves with strong drink;
and tomorrow will be like this day,
great beyond measure.”

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Music:

HERE  is Delirious and “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever.” The Lord has welcomed us into His forever family. God has written our names on the palm of His hand. He has given us every breath and guided us step by step. His love was irrevocably proved when He sent Jesus to be our Savior. Indeed, we can sing of His love forever!

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English Standard Version (ESV)   The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
Images courtesy of:
Isaiah 56:1.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/isaiah-56-1.jpg
many people praising God.    http://impacteternity.com/images/appendix1.GIF
Yad Vashem, the Hall of Names.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/hall2bof2bnames2b22byossi.jpg
Jesus clears the temple, by Eric de Saussure, 1968.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/jesus-clears-the-temple-modern1.jpg

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