Thursday, August 18, 2016

Let Them Come

From new moon to new moon,
from Sabbath to Sabbath,
let everything that breathes
come to worship Me.
      ---says the Lord.

In Isaiah 66:18 God says, "I am coming to gather every nation and every language."  There follows hopeful verses that promise universal salvation -- until we come to verse 24 which sounds a terrible note of warning.  Rather than end Isaiah on such a dire note, it was the custom in the synagogue to back up and repeat verse 23 quoted above.  I love the custom!  God wants to gather into his warm embrace "everything that breathes."

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