a permanent name

July 2015 (9)Isaiah 56:1-5

1 This is what Yahveh says: “Keep acting fairly and doing righteously, because my Yeshua is close to coming, and my justice to being revealed. 2 A person living like this will be happy, and a son of Adam who keeps hold of it, who keeps Sabbath (from profaning it), and who keeps his hand from doing all evil.” 3 And do not let the son from the foreign country who joins himself to Yahveh say, “Surely Yahveh will keep me separate from his people.” And do not let the eunuch say, “Watch! I am a fruitless tree!” 4 Because this is what Yahveh says, “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, and choose that in which I delight, and who keep hold of my covenant. 5 I will also give them a monument and a name in my house and within my walls, better than sons and daughters; I will give him a permanent name that will not be cut off.

a permanent name

Isaiah’s words speak to the marginalized within Israel. The foreign convert always envisions being a second-class citizen in God’s kingdom. The eunuch feels the same way, never fitting in to the nation which prides itself on its family roots. But Yahveh wants both of these marginalized groups to know that there is an equal future for them in the coming kingdom of his son, Yeshua. In Christ there will be no slave Christian, no Gentile Christian.[1] In Christ we all have a new name – a permanent name.

LORD, thank you for our new identity – and equality — in Christ.


[1] Galatians 3:28.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary.
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