The Lord Be With You Today!
For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant,
and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
(The Lord had allowed Jerusalem and Mount Zion
to be oppressed and under siege by the Assyrians
because of the disobedience and rebellion of His people.
But that was not the end of the story.
The Lord had determined that He would deliver His people
from the hand of the enemy as they turned to Him
and asked Him to set them free.
As the Lord’s Jerusalem and Mount Zion,
we are the remnant in our present world today,
and He has called us into deliverance and freedom and victory.
The rabbinical writers translated the word
remnant as the "rest of the righteous," another assurance
that the Lord sees His people as righteous
because He covers us with His righteousness
and, by His almighty power and the zeal and ardor He has for His people,
delivers us today from whatever situations and forces confront us.
In His jealousy for us as His own chosen people, His Zion, His Jerusalem,
He invites us who are called by His name to humble ourselves,
to pray and seek Him, and to turn from our wicked ways
because He promises to hear us, forgive us, and heal us.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ’s love,
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