You have felt like an outsider in the house of God.
You have said about yourself, ‘I do not belong’ and about others, ‘they are not my people’. But today the LORD wants to circumvent this negative pattern of belief and behaviour with His promises.
‘You belong to Me, and you belong within My people. You bear and carry the very legacy and inheritance of MY name. It is because you bear My name that you have a rightful place in the family that bears My name. Allow Me to gather you to Myself today. Oh how I long to see you established in the House of God that I build for all peoples – for all nations – including you!’
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.
Let no foreigner who is bound to the Lord say, “The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.” And let no eunuch complain, “I am only a dry tree.” For this is what the Lord says: To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will endure forever. And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant— these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations. The Sovereign Lord declares— he who gathers the exiles of Israel: “I will gather still others to them besides those already gathered.”