Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon;
behold, Philistia and Tyre, with Cusht—
“This one was born there,” they say.
5 And of Zion it shall be said,
“This one and that one were born in her”;
for the Most High himself will establish her.
6 The Lord records as he registers the peoples,
“This one was born there.” Selah (Ps 87:4-6 ESV)
After pronouncing that Jerusalem (particularly Zion where the temple is established) is the favored of God we find these verses that speak of the nations – even enemy nations – gathered in. It will be said of them, “they are born here” as a way of showing that they too will share that favored status in equal measure, there will be no difference! We are already seeing that in the church. When Jesus came and launched his disciples into the world, the gathering of the nations began and it continues today.
The work of God’s grace can not be ignored as we consider this fact. Here, the enemies of God, are adopted as children, equal in status, to the firstborn Israel. Surely these nations deserve to be wiped out. Surely they deserve judgment. But God extends grace where only grace could win. What a great God we love!
Chronological Reading Plan plus Psalms: Josh 1:19-21, Ps 87