We’ve been studying the Sabbath in our Sunday School class this past semester and we’ve just been looking at tons of scripture passages. I just wanted to share one quick tidbit from this past Sunday’s lesson about God’s promises.
Thus says the Lord:
“Keep justice, and do righteousness,
for soon my salvation will come,
and my deliverance 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.”
Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say,
“The Lord will surely separate me from his people”;
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. Isaiah 56:1-5
Notice that God promises to open up His arms and receive to Himself even the foreigner and the eunuch. If you remember in Deut 23:1, God did not allow eunuchs into the presence of the Lord in the midst of the assembly. But in Is 56, He gave a promise to call ANYONE to Himself who fears His name and holds fast His covenant.
Someone in our class brought up the very wonderful truth that the very first non-Jew that was presented with the gospel was the man to whom Philip explained Is 53. And he was the Ethiopian eunuch…he was BOTH a foreigner and a eunuch. And he was reading Is 53 — just 3 little chapters away from the promise of God.
Can you imagine this man’s wonder when he got to that chapter and realized that God fulfilled His promise in himself? I get chills just thinking about it.
God fulfills His promises in unlikely places.
We can delight in the nature of God and in His absolute faithfulness! I never cease to be amazed at the wonder of His heart and trustworthiness. Thank You, Father, that your love and redemption extended to US, those foreigners that You foretold of thousands of years ago through the prophet Isaiah. Thank You that You do fulfill Your promises in the most unlikely places. And the best example of all time is rekindled in our hearts through the celebration of the birth of Your Son. Thank You, Father, for sending Your Son for us.
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