God’s Inclusive Love

Isaiah 56:1-9 NRSV

1 Thus says the Lord:
Maintain justice, and do
what is right,
for soon my salvation will
come,
and my deliverance be
revealed.
2 Happy is the mortal who does
this,
the one who holds it fast,
who keeps the sabbath, not
profaning it,
and refrains from doing any
evil.
3 Do not let the foreigner joined to
the Lord say,
“The Lord will surely
separate me from his
people”;
and do not let the eunuch say,
“I am just a dry tree.”
4 For thus says the Lord:
To the eunuchs who keep my
sabbaths,
who choose the things that
please me
and hold fast my covenant,
5 I will give, in my house and
within my walls,
a monument and a name
better than sons and
daughters;
I will give them an everlasting
name
that shall not be cut off.
6 And the foreigners who join
themselves to the Lord,
to minister to him, to love
the name of the Lord,
and to be his servants,
all who keep the sabbath, and
do not profane it,
and hold fast my covenant—
7 these I will bring to my holy
mountain,
and make them joyful in my
house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be accepted on my
altar;
for my house shall be called a
house of prayer
for all peoples.
8Thus says the Lord God,
who gathers the outcasts of
Israel,
I will gather others to them
besides those already
gathered.

As the old hymn proclaims, “There Is a Wideness to God’s Mercy.” God’s mercy and love knows no limits. Nor should ours, if we are faithful to God.

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