January 11, 2021

The Expansion of the Promise

In Jesus the Messiah, we are not only told that God is the Savior of all humanity, but that even we have been personally invited to make Israel's God our God
Thus says the Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather others to them besides those already gathered.
Isaiah 56:8
As the story of the Bible marches forward in time, it also expands outward. God's outreach began with one man and his immediate family. Yet it grew ever larger through an Egyptian sojourn, exodus into the wilderness, and then entry into the Promised Land. The prophets promised even greater growth even as the psalms proclaimed that the one God would be worshiped by the entire earth.

Finally, in Jesus the Messiah, we are not only told that God is the Savior of all humanity, but that even we have been personally invited to make Israel's God our God. Latecomers are not second-class citizens of the Kindom, but all who "come to the knowledge of the truth" are beloved children of the Most High. The God who made us loved us before creation and that love will never end.

This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
 1 Timothy 2:3-4
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Lord God Almighty, how shall I ever sufficiently thank you for adopting me into your family and making me one of your children? You have taught me to kn ow you, pray to you, and love you. You are my shield and my great reward. Bless me, and fill me evermore with the Spirit of your Son.
 F.B. Meyer

After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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