Who is this “we”?
Devotional Thought of the Day:
No foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD should say, “The LORD will exclude me from His people”; and the eunuch should not say, “Look, I am a dried-up tree.” 4 For the LORD says this: “For the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, and choose what pleases Me, and hold firmly to My covenant, 5 I will give them, in My house and within My walls, a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters. I will give each of them an everlasting name that will never be cut off.
6 And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD minister to Him, love the name of •Yahweh and become His servants, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold firmly to My covenant— 7 I will bring them to My holy mountain and let them rejoice in My house of prayer. Their •burnt offerings and sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar, for My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” Is 56:3-7 HCSB
39 At this point all Christian hearts may well ponder God’s inexpressible kindness in that he does not immediately cast this corrupted, perverted, and sinful dough into hell-fire, but out of it he makes and fashions our present human nature, which is so miserably corrupted by sin, in order that through his beloved Son he might cleanse it from sin, sanctify it, and save it.
There is a part of me that rejoices when I read the words from the Prophet Isaiah in red above. What a wonderful vision he casts for the people of God! That the church,( and the temple back then) would be a house of prayer for all nations, for everyone.
I know that before the throne such a crowd will assemble, as the Book of Revelation teaches us. I rejoice to see the beginnings of that, where all people are welcome into God’s house to pray, to have revealed to them His love and mercy. To welcome those God brings into His presence, and therefore, our presence.
To realize the blessing of what out Lutheran forefathers described in blue above. To ponder God’s inexpressible kindness, His amazing indescribable love. To know the joy that Isaiah described as the people are drawn to prayer. As we are drawn to prayer.
Drawn together, from every nation, tribe language. This is who we are, it is whom God has planned for us to be.
The Lord and His people. Our heavenly Father and His family.
God with us.
May you rejoice in all God provides to His people, and if you don’t know what that is, let me know! I will help you explore all His promises for you!
Tappert, T. G. (Ed.). (1959). The Book of Concord the confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. (p. 515). Philadelphia: Mühlenberg Press.