Meditation

03/09/2021

As for the foreigner who does not belong to your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your great name and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm—-when he comes and prays toward this temple, then hear from heaven, your dwelling placed, and do whatever he foreigner asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name. (2nd Chronicles6:32-33)

Solomon’s remarkable pray pointed out that God’s love for Israel was for the purpose of blessing other nations and peoples as well. God’s Temple had been built by an Israelite king in the national capital, but its purpose was never restricted to Israelites alone.

It was to be one of God’s means of blessing all people. God’s acts for Israel were intended to draw all people to Him. The central teaching is that God is Lord of the world earth and of all peoples who come to Him. The New Testament records, God’s people reaching out and sharing the message.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You always intended for the peoples of the whole world, to come to you and to be obedient to You alone. We have abandoned You and sought out lesser gods, and therefore, we have disappointed You deeply. We seek Your forgiveness and mercy for our disobedience and simply seek You back into our everyday lives. Help us to all reach out to You, that we might once again find the true “Light” in our lives and share it with all others. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Whenever things go wrong, help us to not go with them!

KNOWING GOD:

He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have. So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. They asked Peter to stay with them for a few days,” (Acts10:42-48)

God gave the Roman centurion, Cornelius, a vision to prepare Simon Peter from Joppa to share Christ. The event clearly shows that God is interested not only in geographical or numerical growth, but also in people from different racial, ethnic, and language backgrounds.

Daring to reach across cultural barriers is a crucial element in expansion of the kingdom of God even unto today. As with Peter, God often must nudge us very hard to each out to those who are different from us. Wow, what a statement this is!

I AM:

The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: ‘All nations will be blessed through you.’” (Galatians 3:8)

Here Paul refers to and quotes Genesis 12:3 to show that the Scriptures foresaw that God would justify all people, nit just Jews, by faith in Christ. God had revealed this world-embracing good news to Abraham when He first called him to bless the nation.

Thus, from first to last, the Bible set the scope of the missionary task as the whole world. All people are invited to walk the path of faith to Christ. Not all would accept, but this was the hope. Thus Israel’s election thus rested on God’s initiative and promise, not on human action or merit.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians3:6)

In a lyric manner, Ephesians speaks in cosmic terms—-Christ as Lord of the whole universe (!1:20-22). Equally, the letter speaks to God’s purpose for the world, of His love plan, and of His selecting of persons to be channels of His grace to the world. This wonderful cosmic work of God is a mystery. ‘Mystery’ does not mean a continuing puzzle. It means that which was hidden but has now been revealed. The curtain has been drawn back and the wonderful treasure exposed. The mystery is that God receives persons from every race, tribe, color, and language who come to Him through Christ Jesus.

Those who trust Christ become heirs together with Israel of the promises of God. Bot the Jews and the nations must come to God not through the law, but rather by faith in Jesus Christ. The impact of this doctrine is incalculable because it means that from all eternity God has loved the peoples of he world and has planned to send His Son that believing they might become His people. This building of the family of God out of former enemies reveals Christ’s ability to bring His peace and reconciliation to both calm the hard feelings among them all, but also to bring love into its place.

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