“Listen to this, you descendants of Jacob,
you who are called by the name of Israel
and come from the line of Judah,
(Still today, the Lord calls out to us who have received His Name.
Because of His ancient covenant of love with Abraham's seed,
He still today regards us as recipients of His promises.)
you who take oaths in the Name of the Lord
and invoke the God of Israel—but not in truth or righteousness—
(This Mighty God speaks to all of us,
even to those of us whose hearts are far from Him
and whose talk is far from our walk.
you who call yourselves citizens of the holy city
and claim to rely on the God of Israel—
the Lord Almighty is His Name:"
(Although He remains true to us, we so often do not remain true to Him.
We go through the outward motions of being a God-follower,
even calling on Him in our need, but our hearts are often far from Him.
We make outward claims of righteousness and closeness to God,
but the Lord clearly sees our double-mindedness and our hypocrisy.
Still yet, He calls us today to listen to Him
and still yet gives us His attention and His exhortation today.
He knows us, all the convoluted ways we try to fool ourselves and others,
but we are always open books to the Lord.
He knows our ways and calls us today to listen to Him,
to yield to His Lordship in both our words and actions,
and to reclaim our birthright that He has granted us.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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