The Israel of God

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Daily Reformation, Deuteronomy 32:28-30

From the Reformer

At that time, Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, O Father, so it seemed good in thy sight. (Mt 11:25-26) It is certain that he gave thanks to the Father on their behalf and for their sakes, so that they might not be offended because the church appears so lowly and mean. We are always looking for splendor, and nothing seems more absurd than that the Heavenly Kingdom of the Son of God, the glory of which is celebrated with such magnificence by the prophets, should consist of the dregs and nobodies of low-class peoples. And surely it is an amazing counsel of God that when he had the whole earth in his hands he chose his people out of the contemptible folk, rather than out of the upper classes who might have brought the name of Christ greater credit through their own excellencies. But here Christ sets his disciples apart from the proud, from the high and mighty…

—John Calvin, Commentary on Malachi

Pulling It Together

Who is chosen—a geographical unit of people or members of a non-profit organization? Neither. The chosen of God are those who hear and obey his counsel. God is always busy making Israel. The Israel of God is not a country. The Israel of God are they who hear the Rock and who follow him across deserts and wastelands. They live the life they have been directed to live. Their life is in the Rock; nothing else matters. Everyone else will never taste the Living Water, no matter what they call themselves.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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