Remnants

27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “Though the number of the sons of Israel be like the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that will be saved (Romans 9).

The word “remnant” in the Hebrew, as quoted here from Isaiah 10:20, always means “the remains of,” as in the other 25 times it is found in the Old Testament.  But this is the only verse in the New Testament where this word “remnant” is found.  In the Greek it means “the remains of or the forsaken.”  Thus, “It is the forsaken that will be saved.

Only those who have “forsaken” themselves, daily dying to the temptations from the devil, the world, and the flesh — only those will be saved.  Likewise, only those who have been “forsaken” by the world, and are hated by the world will be saved.  God is not impressed with any group of people, simply because they are large in number.  No, only the “remnant” — those who have forsaken themselves, and those who are forsaken by the world — only those true worshippers get His real attention.

Retailers hold “Remnant Sales” to get rid of pieces of merchandise that have been separated from their counterparts, and thus cast aside and rendered useless and unable to stand on their own.  But lucky buyers come along and grab them up, seeing a special place those forsaken pieces can have in their homes.

Thank You, Lord, for scooping us up to put us in a special place in Your Home.  Help us to live This Day with grateful and joyful hearts, as if we are already there.  Amen.