Meditation

08/10/2022

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us. God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear him.” (Genesis 12:1-3 – God Provides the Scope of Missions)

This may well be the most missionary of all the psalms. Beginning with a prayer for God’s grace, presence, and blessing, it moves to seek His blessing for all the peoples of the earth. God has the right to invite and expect all peoples to praise Him because He rules the world fairly in justice. One way God extends His salvation to all the nations is through blessing the harvest. This act leads all peoples to reverence and worship him. The Psalm uses a Hebrew-style call parallelism by stating a great longing that God’s ways be known to all peoples of the earth and then repeating it in a slightly different form, asking that God’s salvation be made know among all nations. Even in modern times there is no more eloquent call to world evangelization.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You provide the Scope of Missions. You have trained us with Your Word, with Your Prophets, with Your Son our Savior Jesus, that those of who claiming to be Christians are to be involved in mission work. Sometimes it is in far away lands, sometimes in disasters areas of our state and sometimes in our own home town. It is not where we obey God to do this, it is that we are doing it in obedience to Him command. Today we continue to pray troops serving in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, and for those we don’t know. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Not all roads lead to heaven but all roads lead to the THRONE!”

KNOWING GOD:

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 come and prays toward this temple, then hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and do whatever the foreigner asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as so your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name.” (2nd Chronicles 6:32-33 – God Provides the Scope of Missions)

Solomon’s remarkable prayer pointed out that God’s love for Israel was not 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 hat God is Lord of he whole earth and of all peoples who come to Him. The New testament records of God’s people reaching out and sharing the message (Acts 1:8; 5:42).

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: – God is the Scope of Missions)

Paul refers to and quotes Genesis 12:3 to show that the Scriptures foresaw that God would justify all people, not 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 sets the scope of the missionary task, as the whole world. All people are invited to walk in the path of faith to Christ.

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

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 that everyone who believes in him received forgiveness of sins through his name.” (Acts 10:42-48 – God is the Scope of Missions)

God gave the Roman centurion, Cornelius, a vision to prepare him and to bring Simon Peter from Joppa to share Christ. The event clearly shows that God in 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 he kingdom of God today. As with Peter, God often must nudge us very hard to reach out to those who are different from us. Understand?

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