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A Call to Live Out the Faith
IF we are included in God’s Family
You cannot separate future salvation from living for the Lord now.
We can make two mistakes.
1 Think our works will save us.
2. Think our works don’t matter.
You cannot do better for yourself than God will do for you.
Verse 2 talks about desecrating the Sabbath.
I want to talk about this.
Why a Sabbath?
Such a powerful work producing concept.
It restores, revitalizes, and reinvigorates.
When we take a regular day off, it demonstrates that we are trusting God to take care of us and bless us.
The Sabbath was the sign that God’s old Testament people were in covenant with Him.
Believers have consistently understood that setting aside a time for regular worship was important to those who were included in the Blessings Messiah brings.
When a Sabbath?
Live out your faith, even in the way you practice setting aside time.
A Call to Trust That We Are Included
I believe many of us struggle to feel like we belong, that we fit in.
Much of the fallen world works hard at dividing people.
The haves the have nots
Americans/ Rest of the World
Baptist and the Rest of the church
Here God is using Isaiah to remind people other than the Jewish Nation that they were welcome to join in, and as accepted as anyone else.
He uses two categories of people to speak of inclusion.
Son’s of other nations (Foreigner)- should not say excluded
The Eunuch- should not say dried up (infertile and useless)
He deals with the inclusion of the Eunuch first.
23 God describes in graphic detail the EXCLUSION of the eunuch, but here Isaiah points to them being included.
I believe this alludes to a future day, (Verse 1 salvation is coming… the New Covenant that will include those who had been excluded)
A question of divorce leads to the elevation of marriage.
Disciples: Maybe it would be better to not marry.
Eunuchs from birth.
Eunuchs from man’s hand (put into servitude)
Eunuchs (celibates by choice)
This is not homosexuality… But I do know some Christians who are celibate rather than act on same sex attraction.
This is a person who prioritizes God’s mission over marriage.
(see 1 Corinthians 7.9)
This is as good a choice as marriage.
WE NEED NOT MARGINALIZE SINGLENESS AND TREAT IT AS LESS THAN MARRIED STATUS.
People often feel excluded because of their singleness.
God promises to give the eunuch something better than the legacy of children.
He will give them an everlasting name.
And it is a graphic play on words that he shall not be “cut off.”
Now the inclusion of the “foreigner”
Inclusion at every level.
But please note in both cases, it is those who “join themselves to the Lord”
Bring to Himself… Holy Mountain.
House of prayer for all nations.... Inclusion.
This doesn’t mean that all prayers are the same, that all religions are the same… It does mean those who came to the Lord, will be included.
NO ONE who comes to Christ is EXCLUDED.
This is not an argument against distinctives, but one of inclusion in light and spite of the distinctives.
If God promises inclusion to the single person, shouldn’t we as well.
If God promises inclusion to the foreigner (I was a stranger til you came, I was a foreigner, til you came me), shouldn’t that inform the way we treat the foreigner.
How do we see a person’s identity?
color of skin?
thickness of accent?
Or redeemable by Jesus?
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