by: Trisha Gerstel.
We sometimes think of the Bible as two distinct stories: the first (the Old Testament) a story which declares God’s love toward Israel; and the second (the New Testament) a story which shows His willingness to accept us Gentiles. The truth is, however, that the entire Bible speaks of God’s love for all people, and His will that all be saved. It was part of God’s promise to Abraham (Genesis 22:18). This message is seen especially well in today’s Old Testament reading, where, through the prophet Isaiah, God declared that His house “will be called a house of prayer for all the people” (v.7). Amen.