Outcasts – Luke 5:27-28

“After this [Jesus] went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.” Luke 5:27-28 “And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in […]

Eyes on Our Comforter – Genesis 29:31-36

“When the LORD saw that Leah was hated, He opened her womb…And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, ‘This time I will praise the LORD.’ Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she ceased bearing.” Genesis 29:31-36 Reading this portion of Leah’s story in Genesis 29, I am drawn to an underlying […]

Accepted – Matthew 9:10

“And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and His disciples.” Matthew 9:10 What beautiful acceptance is displayed here. These people were cast out of “good” society, some despised for alliance with Roman oppressors, others condemned for unrighteous acts. But Jesus did […]

Justice and Salvation – Luke 15:10

“Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10 “…As I live, declares the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways” […]

Beautiful – Isaiah 60:9

“For the coastlands shall hope for me, the ships of Tarshish first, to bring your children from afar, their silver and gold with them, for the name of the Lord your God, and for the Holy One of Israel, because he has made you beautiful.” Isaiah 60:9 It is the last line in this verse […]

For All Peoples – Romans 10:20

“I have been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.” Romans 10:20 “Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say, ‘The LORD will surely separate me from his people’… the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to […]