The Lord Be With You Today!
“Their descendants will be known among the nations
and their offspring among the peoples."
(Because the Lord is a loving, gracious, and forgiving Father,
He embraces His people and their lineage in front of the whole world.
Even though Israel had been disobedient and rebellious,
they had faithfully endured the Lord’s discipline of Babylonian exile,
and now He was ready to renew full relationship with them.
In these extended and explicit promises of blessing to His people
who now have submitted to the consequences of their disobedience to Him,
the Lord further broadens His new level of interaction with them
by declaring even their offspring will be blessed by Him.
Not only will they be known and acknowledged by others,
but the meaning behind the word known
includes their being honored and respected
even by those who had formerly been their opposition.
His Father’s pride in His corrected sons and daughters causes Him
to parade them before others as He shows off His delight in them.
What a promise for us today, that even though we may have experienced a time
where we may have been denounced and unacceptable in the eyes of the world,
the Lord declares that our reputation and name will be restored and reinstated.
Today, He delights in us and has determined
that because of our submission to His discipline
He will reward us by giving us and our descendants favor
and by honoring us before others.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ’s love,
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