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What is meant by Isaiah 56:6-8 ?

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  • What is meant by Isaiah 56:6-8 ?

    What do you think of Isaiah 56:6-8? What is meant by this?

    Lou Newton
    Lou Newton, former Steel Mill Crane Designer and Physics Teacher

    Isaiah 56 NIV

    “6 And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord
    to minister to him,
    to love the name of the Lord,
    and to be his servants,
    all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it
    and who hold fast to my covenant—
    7 these I will bring to my holy mountain
    and give them joy in my house of prayer.
    Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
    will be accepted on my altar;
    for my house will be called
    a house of prayer for all nations
    8 The Sovereign Lord declares—
    he who gathers the exiles of Israel:
    “I will gather still others to them
    besides those already gathered.””

    God is stating here that it is not only the Jews that are His people. All people who trust in Him to save them are His people. God show this all through the Bible.

    Ruth was from Moab, which was a nation that was an enemy of Israel. No one from Moab was allowed in the temple even after 10 generations. Yet King David was the great grandson of Ruth and much more than that Jesus was descended from Ruth. Ruth is one of two women to have their own book in the Bible.

    Matthew 1 (NIV)

    The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah

    “1 This is the genealogy[a] of Jesus the Messiah[b] the son of David, the son of Abraham:

    2 Abraham was the father of Isaac,

    Isaac the father of Jacob,

    Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,

    3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,

    Perez the father of Hezron,

    Hezron the father of Ram,

    4 Ram the father of Amminadab,

    Amminadab the father of Nahshon,

    Nahshon the father of Salmon,

    5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,

    Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,

    Obed the father of Jesse,

    6 and Jesse the father of King David.

    David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,


    16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah

    We see Tamar was in the line that Jesus was born of. Tamar was a Canaanite and certainly not a Jew. Rahab was a prostitute who lived on the very wall of Jericho, the city that God destroyed. But she trusted in God and Jesus descended from her.

    Paul was sent to preach to the gentiles and it was the gentiles that accepted Christianity.

    But that is not the only thing that God is stating in this passage of Isaiah.

    “all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it”

    Now the Sabbath day was only a shadow of the real Sabbath, who is Christ.

    Colossians 2 NIV

    “16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.”

    Christ is our real Sabbath. Not a day, but God who came down from heaven to be born of a woman to become one of us to shed His blood or our sin. All those who trust In Jesus, and nothing else, will be the people of God.

    Notice is says “without desecrating it”. Those that claim to trust in Jesus to save them, but also trust in anything else are desecrating the Sabbath. I can not also trust in being dipped in water, being circumcised, belonging to some church, or believing in some doctrine to save me. You can not get into two lifeboats. You have to trust in Jesus alone, or you can not be saved.

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