Thursday, February 9
If someone were to look at news regarding the Middle East, there is a good chance it would have something to do with the people of Israel fighting against the surrounding nations. Israel always seems to have problems with its neighbors. These problems go all the way back to Abraham! In today’s section of reading, there were several passages about neighboring nations of Israel.
At the beginning of our reading in Isaiah 14:1, it states that “the LORD will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and will set them in their own land.” Even though the people of Israel were a wicked nation at this time, God was still going to have compassion on them. This is an example of the grace and mercy of God, as He was still going to work with them and give them their own land. Similar to God having mercy on the people of Israel, God is willing to have mercy on us. God’s will is that no one should perish; He wants us to seek Him. If we do, then God will have mercy on us and grant us a spot in the coming Kingdom.
The rest of our reading for the day had to deal with the oracles of the surrounding nations. Although God was merciful towards his own people, the other nations don’t necessarily receive that same mercy. These other nations were opposing the people of Israel, and God was not too fond of that. He was going to redeem His people. God has the back of the Israelites, even when they were at their worst.
Nowadays, according to Paul, “There is neither Jew nor Greek,” (Galatians 3:28). Anyone who devotes their life to God, is seen as a chosen people from our Heavenly Father. The chosen people in the Old Testament were pretty much the Israelites. The chosen people nowadays are followers of Christ. Therefore, just as God had the backs of the Israelites, God has our back.
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