Growup: Day 239

Isa 65:1-66:24

19 “I will set a sign among them, and I will send some of those who survive to the nations—to Tarshish, to the Libyans [d] and Lydians (famous as archers), to Tubal and Greece, and to the distant islands that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory among the nations. 20 And they will bring all your brothers, from all the nations, to my holy mountain in Jerusalem as an offering to the LORD -on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and camels,” says the LORD. “They will bring them, as the Israelites bring their grain offerings, to the temple of the LORD in ceremonially clean vessels. 21 And I will select some of them also to be priests and Levites,” says the LORD.

Jerusalem with its temple was to be God’s earthly dwelling place, a place where God had set his name, a place of restoration and even a source of blessing to the nations 66:20.

But one day a new mission arrived the effect of Jesus the messiah’s death and resurrection meant a new way to worship God had come. Now the Lord’s glory would be proclaimed as they go out from Jerusalem.

Rather than staying in Jerusalem waiting for nations to come, Jesus says:

8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

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