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Isa. 56
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Matt. 10

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

In the Old Testament, we often think of the physical promises and blessings of the Lord, whereas in the New Testament, we often think of things being more spiritual. Here in Isaiah (especially chapter 56), and in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew, God makes clear that he has always been concerned for us both physically and spiritually.

Two groups of people are mentioned at the beginning of Isaiah 56 who are naturally tempted to think that God has forgotten them, or that their situation is hopeless: foreigners and eunuchs. Single people may see themselves in the eunuchs of this passage, and people who did not grow up in the church may see themselves similarly to the foreigners.

Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say,

“The LORD will surely separate me from His people.”

Nor let the eunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.” 

For thus says the LORD,

“To the eunuchs who keep My sabbaths,

And choose what pleases Me,

And hold fast My covenant,

To them I will give in My house and within My walls a memorial,

And a name better than that of sons and daughters;

I will give them an everlasting name which will not be cut off.

“Also the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,

To minister to Him, and to love the name of the LORD,

To be His servants, every one who keeps from profaning the sabbath

And holds fast My covenant;

Even those I will bring to My holy mountain

And make them joyful in My house of prayer.

Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar;

For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.”

Isaiah 56:3–7

Lacking the benefit of a marriage and children, or of having been born into the people of God, may make some feel hopeless. But God’s promise is that He will provide spiritual blessing to more than make up for the lack of children, and that He will bind the foreigners to Himself. The condition of these blessings are simply that they obey His commands by, for example, keeping the sabbath.

As you read Matthew, pay attention to the blessings that God promises to those who keep his commands, and the physical care that He demonstrates for His people.

Do not give in to the temptations of Satan, who will lie to you and tell you that it is hopeless for you, whether spiritually or physically. God cares for His people, body and soul.

VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
—Matthew 6:33

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – What a glorious God we serve, who has made us in His own image, and who knows just what we need, including rest.
  • Confession – We have not kept the Lord’s Day holy, and we have caused others to work on this day as well.
  • Thanksgiving – What a gift it is to have a day devoted to worship and rest!
  • Supplication – Help us to believe the promises of God for now and forever and keep the Lord’s Day free from our worldly endeavors.

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This post by Joseph Bayly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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