Key Point: **God wants Outsiders to become Insiders**
Watchmen: In the Ancient Near East, watchmen were hired to protect fields from animals that ate the crops before they could be harvested. These men were not soldiers protecting people, but shepherds protecting food. The animals they were defending against were not dangerous carnivores, but hungry herbivores wandering the land searching for food. Goats, sheep, etc.
Sabbath: In Ancient Isreal, the Sabbath was a sign of the Mosiac Covenant. This was understood and repeated to such an extent that it was used as spiritual shorthand for "The Law of God." Thus, numerous prophets will say, 'honour the Sabbath' and expect the hearer to understand 'and the other nine! Remember my Law. Honour our Covenant. I am the Lord.'
(self-focused. Follow own path. Interested in payday but not the task at hand.)
(Foreigners. Eunuchs. Exiles. Everyone who “Loves the name of Lord” and chooses to follow Him.)
Who were foreigners to them?
Who are ‘our’ foreigners today?
(Men who left the service of non-Israelite political and spiritual leaders and chose to leave their Gods and leaders and to follow Yahweh)
What does God promise to give back to them?
Who are ‘our’ spiritual Eunuchs today?
(Isaiah 56:8 – outcasts set free from Babylon, but yet to make their way home to Yahweh and Israel.)
Who are ‘our’ Exiles today?
(Spiritual wanderers. Backsliders. Doctrinally divergent believers.)
(Because the watchmen were failures.)
(They had ‘taken their own path’ and turned the entire system into one of self-preservation and self-aggrandisement. They weren’t focused on God's Harvest but the profit and protection of their tribe.)
(people of all the nations were not flocking to Jerusalem to worship Israel's God)
(Many ways… principles become rules creating legalism, beliefs become codified creating creedalism, movements become institutions creating tribalism. These things build walls which stall outsiders from becoming insiders.)
(the freedom to come boldly into to God’s house of prayer.)
(The way they were ‘doing church’ restricted people from receiving Salvation. Jesus called for the leaders in the Temple to stop blocking people's path to God’s Righteousness.)
(In action: Turn the tables. Cleanse the church through forgiveness, generosity, justice and kindness.)
(In Word: Apply Scripture. Call for leaders with unveiled faces to teach us to invite others into unrestricted access to God's righteousness.)
(It sends us into a deluded spiral of self, system and seclusion)
(to be just and fair to all, to do what is right and good)
What is the expected reaction of those who receive this promise?
(Tell the Nations: God loves you and is coming soon to make all things right.)