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November 10, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

Isaiah 56 (ESV)

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.”.
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  1. 10 His watchmen are blind;
    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;

  2. What a wake up call to the Jews or anyone who comes to God based on status, or pedigree or external credentials. No, God welcomes those who obey and follow. It doesn’t matter what your race is or the circumstances you come from. If you come to God based on His terms, following His statutes and providing the offerings He requires, then God will accept them. How different this is from how the Jews thought of things. Jesus dealt with this same thinking in His days as He welcomed all to come to Him. But the Jews wanted to hold to their privilege.

    I wonder what may be comparable in our day? People who think they are ok with God because they walked down an aisle or prayed a pray but that faith has never born fruit in their lives and there is no intent to change or seek God? Or maybe people who think because of their family they are ok with God? What might you suggest is comparable to what God is instructing His people in here?

    As for the Israelites, He blasts them at the end of the chapter. And it is the leaders who are the problem, the watchman and the shepherds, those responsible for leading and protecting, aren’t. This chapter reminds me of the ways that Jesus complimented the faith of the gentiles He engaged with and yet blasted the Jews for their blindness and not seeing Him for who He was.

    May it not be true of us……

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