"The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him." Oddly enough, verse 8 causes me to think about the classic childhood fairy tale, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves". This beautiful, talented, princess deftly manages these strange forest-dwelling personalities. They find her enchanting. She finds them endearing when many of them definitely are not. I would find them irritating. Cute in the story, but they would get on my nerves. I think in our day and age, these little misfits would be considered outcasts.
|Dwarves and Snow White--Taken from Sprookjes Tweede verzameling|
By Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm Wilhelm
Sometimes, I'm just a snob. I set my own criteria on who seems to be socially acceptable and who is not. I'm not talking about being rude. I try to always be polite. But is it genuine? Would I invite certain people into my home? Would I sit and listen to them when they just need a listening ear, not because if I don't, it would look bad, but because I really care? I would be an outcast in Isaiah's time because I am a Gentile, not born into the Jewish nation. Yet God would have gathered me to Him, as He does today. I would have been an outcast, but because of God's love and care, I am one of His children. I was adopted into His family, as is every one who puts trust in Jesus as Savior. I need to view every person I might label as an outcast the way God views them. It's the way God views me.