Meditation

03/30/2020

But I have raised you up for his very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.(Exodus9:16)

God raised up Pharaoh to demonstrated His power. Egyptian religion considered Pharaoh a god. The Exodus proved only this true God of Israel possessed divine power. God’s deeper purpose in the Exodus was that His name might be declared in all the earth. Knowing that God wants His name known in all the earth provides authority for missions as Christians declare His name, love, and power.

From the very beginning of the Bible, God is never presented as a tribal god or one who is confined to certain geographic territory. He is the God of all the earth, who acts so all peoples of he earth may know Him.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You have been clear from the very beginning of human history, that You are our Creator and not just for us, but for this earth and all that are inhabitants of it, and for the oceans, the air, the universe and all that is within it. You were, before we ever existed, and will be always. Those that have accepted You, before and since our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ walked this earth are Your disciples. We serve You, though we live in this world, but we do not serve the world. You are our God, and it is in this, we ask in Jesus’ precious name. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Wisdom is respect for God and making proper decisions that keep us within His will.

KNOWING GOD:

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: Withe two wings they covered heir faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’ At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. ‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I love among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.’ Then one of he seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken wit tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, ‘See, this has touched your lips; your guilt has been taken away and your sin atoned for.’ Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” (Isaiah 6:18)

All Christians are called from sin’s darkness and dominion to salvation and service. This passage, along with others, makes it equally clear that God calls some to special ministry and mission. Paul and Barnabas are prime New Testament examples of this missionary call. In time of national and personal crisis, Isaiah saw God as the holy Lord of the universe in a way he had never seen Him before. The result in Isaiah is what Christians fell on drawing close to God, that we are sinners and unworthy. The prophet saw that we are sinners as individuals and as congregations. When we confess our sin, God takes the initiative in cleansing us. Cleansed and forgiven, we are then able to bear God’s missionary call. God presents the need, and the Christian with a willing heart responds, “Here am I. Send me.” God still speaks and calls, beloved. We can make no better response than this.

I AM:

Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” (Matthew28:1820)

In short, beloved, this is the Great Commission it provides a fitting climax tot he gospel that begins with lineage of Jesus, the king of the Jews, and ends with a kingly command to extend His kingdom to all peoples. This command is repeated several times in Scripture and in three different locations. The Great Commission is given to the eleven disciples on a mountain in Galilee, is directed to His church and to all Christians. It teaches the power an authority for the church’s missionary task. God the Father has given authority to the Son. The authority is valid in heaven and on earth. The authority is to make disciples, baptizing hem in he name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all of he instructions of Jesus. There is no ambiguity, beloved, it is this straight forward.

Second Thought of the Day:

He said to t hem, ‘This what I told yo while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.’ Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, ‘This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised: but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’” (Luke 24:44-49)

The risen Lord explained to the eleven apostles (“sent ones”) the entire Old Testament as relating to Himself and the purpose of His life and ministry. He tied together all of he Old Testament and revealed its relation to all of he events leading to His death and resurrection.

Jesus showed that the entire intent of he Old Testament and, thus, of His life, ministry, death, and resurrection, pointed to the missionary purpose of he “sent one”—-to proclaim repentance and forgiveness in the name of Jesus Christ to all the peoples of he world, beginning right where thy were—-in Jerusalem. The conversation has tremendous implications for Christ’s church and for Christians of all ages. Missions is not an activity tacked on to the gospel, bur reflects the very purpose of God from eternity.

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