Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
November 16 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 5-6
Food for Thought: Ez. 6:8
Throughout the history of Israel, even under the worst of circumstances, even when provoked to intense wrath, the Lord has always preserved a remnant of His people, as evidence of God’s great grace and mercy for which we are beneficiaries today. And a remnant always means hope for the future.
All through the Bible, the mention of the reserving a remnant of His people also is accompanied by the mention God’s grace and mercy. Making reference to this in Romans 11:4, the apostle Paul quotes the Lord as saying to Elijah, “… ‘I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.’ Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” Notice also in Ezra 9:7-9 the mention of His grace and mercy in reference to the remnant:
“Since the days of our fathers to this day we have been very guilty, and for our iniquities we, our kings, and our priests have been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, to plunder, and to humiliation, as it is this day. And now for a little while grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage. For we were slaves. Yet our God did not forsake us in our bondage; but He extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to revive us, to repair the house of our God, to rebuild its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.”
More good that comes from the remnant is seen in Isaiah 10:20 and 22:
“And it shall come to pass in that day That the remnant of Israel, And such as have escaped of the house of Jacob, Will never again depend on him who defeated them, But will depend on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.”
“For though your people, O Israel, be as the sand of the sea, A remnant of them will return; The destruction decreed shall overflow with righteousness.”
In Zephaniah 3:12, 13, God makes amazing, comforting promises regarding the remnant:
“I will leave in your midst a meek and humble people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord. The remnant of Israel shall do no unrighteousness and speak no lies, nor shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth; for they shall feed their flocks and lie down, and no one shall make them afraid.”
In these later days, the remnant is even more notable and plays a key part in the events to come. What is important to remember is that no matter what is happening around us, the Lord will always preserve His people. Satan cannot destroy the people of God among whom we are counted, and just as the nation of Israel can never be snuffed out, neither can the Body of Christ. As in the days of Elijah, there is a remnant (a very large one now), and we are not alone, even in the least likeliest places, though it may seem so at times. And that gives us great hope.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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