As we noticed last time in this space God has called his covenant people to be a blessing to his creation. God used Abraham to spread his good favor to those he came in contact with throughout his life. He sometimes brought hurt as well (cf. Gen 20).
The descendants of
, were also to be a blessing to all creation. They were to bless the lives of each other by being truthful and merciful to each other, respecting property and the integrity of each individual and honoring the covenant of marriage. But more than that they were to be a blessing by witnessing to the awesome love and majesty of Yahweh himself to his rebellious human imagers. Abraham, Israel
According to the prophet, God intended
not only to bless her own citizens but the “Gentiles” too (Isaiah 49.6b). The nation of Israel had been given a mission to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth. But she failed. She interpreted God’s grace to mean that she was better than the rest of the nations. To Israel being chosen was something that was somehow deserved. The privilege was not matched with humility and obedience. Israel
But Moses destroyed the former notion (cf. Deut 7.7-9). Isaiah smashes the elitist attitude of the second.
was chosen to be a blessing to and for the world. Not just so she could keep Yahweh’s grace to herself. She was kingdom of priests not for her own sake but for the sake of the world. Some scholars look at Jonah and believe he is the personification of the reluctant servant of God called Israel . God dragged Jonah/Israel kicking and screaming to be a blessing to the Gentiles of Ninevah. Israel
The Prophet, however, calls Israel God’s “servant” (49.3).
has been graciously chosen by God to be his instrument of blessing to all creation—but she refused. Israel
Today Yahweh, the Father of Jesus, continues to call Israel to be his servant. Luke quotes Isaiah 49.6 in Acts 13.47 and says that we are still to be God’s blessing. God has called Christians by his grace to be exactly what
was in the Hebrew Bible—a blessing from God to and for the world. That is our purpose for existing as a covenant people. Israel
We sing “how beautiful the feet that bring the sound of good news and the love of the King” because it is true. Those who want to share God’s amazing grace with others are a blessing to the nations.
Are you a blessing? Are we? God has called PaLO VErde to be a blessing in
Tucson, Arizona, the , and the world. He delights to give us grace (Micah 7.18-19) but he desires that we freely share what we have freely received. Let's continue to join the mission of God. USA