What I Read Today;
Leviticus 9-10; Psalm 42; Isaiah 9; Mark 14; 2 Corinthians 10
The nation of Israel was supposed to be a shining example of holiness. God had wanted the nation to be such an excellent example that the other countries of the world would look up to Israel as a place of hope, justice, and, most importantly, salvation.
Unfortunately, after David’s death, it never quite worked out that way. As Isaiah becomes the prophet to the nation, things aren’t going the way they are supposed to.
In Isaiah 9, Isaiah does something that hadn’t been done before. He proclaims the Gospel to people outside of the Jewish community. Isaiah tells of a man who will come and take the message that God loved them and wanted to save them to the world outside of Israel.
God never intended for the Jewish people to hide behind the closed walls of their kingdom. He always expected the people’s faith to be so apparent that people in other nations would come to them out of curiosity and the desire to have what they had. The Jewish people hadn’t quite gotten the message.
God was now going to change the rules.
He was about to force the Jewish people into exile. This would begin the process of forcing them to show their faith to the world. Then after they came back together, foreign governments would occupy the nation. Again, people from around the world would see the Jewish faith.
Most importantly, he would send Jesus. And no small territory could hold the message that Jesus left to the world. It would explode out of the community and take the world by storm.
So here’s my question for you. Are we taking the message of the Gospel outside of the walls of our church? Are we hiding inside the walls of our church and hope that people come to us? What does our individual life say to those around us about our faith?
The Gospel won’t be contained. Will you cooperate and help to take the message around your individual community?