The Lord Be With You Today!
"Some (or I) will say, ‘I belong to the LORD’;
(Today, as we remember to Whom we belong,
we can declare with confidence and joy that we are the Lord’s.
As He reaches out to mark us as His Own,
what a gift to accept His invitation to belong to Him
and to be able to speak forth such truth.)
others will call themselves by the name of Jacob;
(The Lord specifically chose Jacob,
singled him out for His Own special purposes.
In the same way that we were also chosen by the Lord
for His salvation and redemption,
we, too, continue to be chosen daily and singled out by God
for His purposes still even today.)
still others will write on their hand, ‘The LORD’S,’
(We are marked and labeled as being a special possession of the Lord.
By bearing His mark that we belong to Him,
that we are His and that He is our God,
we join in covenant with Him and confess to Him
our allegiance, our devotion, and our worship.)
and will take the name Israel."
(The Lord bestowed on Jacob the honored title of Israel,
the covenant name that He gave Jacob,
and made Jacob the father of all the tribes of Israel.
Today, the Lord has also named us with His covenant name Israel
to become the foundation of, the source for, the “father” of, His new life in us
and for those around us whose lives God touches through us.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ’s love,
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