“Before [Zion] travailed, she gave birth; before her pain came upon her, she was delivered of a male child. Who has heard of such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall a land be born in one day? Or shall a nation be brought forth in a moment? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she brought forth her children.” Isaiah 66:7-8 ->me: I believe this whole passage (Isaiah 66:7-10) is talking about the sudden addition of the Gentile converts through the death and resurrection of the Messiah to God’s city of Zion. Normally the growth of a nation would take multiple generations of child rearing and maturing through defending it sovereignty and position…but here God is saying He is going to add to that nation without the normal birth pains of a growing nation. The work of Jesus will, in a moment, cause the city of Zion to grow in population quickly ; in some cases in numbers of 3000 at a time (Acts 2). How blessed am I to only have to simply believe in the person and deity of the Lord Jesus Christ and His work to be added to the City of God. How can I not be humble, of a broken and contrite spirit, in fear of the reverent word of God? These attributed of the man who God regards is really resonating with me this week.