(July 18, 2015)
I will sometimes forget that the Lord isn’t really in the business of saving communities, nations, or countries. The Lord is in the business of saving souls. So when the Lord is speaking to a people (such as Isreal), He is in fact speaking to a number of individual people rather than to a collective people.
That understanding makes certain things that He is saying more enlightening. When the Lord tells
Israel that they shall wander in
the flesh and become a hiss and a byword, He is not speaking to a nation but
rather to the individual members. When
He says that in the day they turn aside their hearts no more against the Holy
One of Israel,
He is again speaking to individuals.
We are of the House of
the promises that He made to Israel
are made to us. There are times, as the
world turns further and further away from the truth, that we may feel as though
we are wandering in the flesh and a hiss and a byword. But the same promise holds to us – in the day
we no more turn aside our hearts from the Holy One of Israel, He will remember the covenants
He has made with our fathers as well.