Thursday, July 17, 2014
Gathering in Christ
LORD, You have been favorable to Your land; You have brought back the captivity of Jacob. You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin.
…God called off one stream of the human race in Abraham and created a nation out of that one man. The Old Testament is not a history of the nations of the world, but the history of that one nation. In secular history, Israel is disregarded as being merely a miserable horde of slaves, and justly so from the standpoint of the historian. The nations to which the Bible pays little attention are much finer to read about, but they have no importance in the redemptive purpose of God. His purpose was the creation of a nation to be His bondslave, that through that nation all the other nations should come to know Him…
Israel was a despised and a despicable nation, continually turning away from God into idolatry, but nothing ever altered the purpose of God for the nation. The despised element is always a noticeable element in the purpose of God. When the Savior of the world came, He came of that despised nation; He Himself was “despised and rejected by men,” and in all Christian enterprise, there is this same despised element: “Things which are despised, God has chosen...
Excerpts from Oswald Chambers
Daily Devotional Bible, Reading 198 (7/17)
From So I Send You
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