Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
The key question for the Israelites in exile as they return to Jerusalem is, “who are the people of the Lord?” Because the Israelites have been scattered in exile and within Jerusalem during the reign of Babylon. “Do foreign believers have a place in Israel?” God’s answer is a resounding “YES!!” Through the writing in Isaiah both Israelites and foreigners are God’s people. But not all Israelites and foreigners. Only those who have remained faithful to God and continue to do so. In our day and age, we sometimes ask, “Is God here?” While some thrive and others do not, “Is God here?” It may seem at times through good and bad, that God is not present in this world. And God’s response is, “Are you faithful?” Whether He gives us good fortune or not, are we faithful to the call to follow? Or do we trade Christ’s ways easily for other ways because we are impatient with what God is doing?