I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.” (Genesis 17:6 – God Has Always Included Political History)

God’s history with a chosen family had larger purposes in view. Political history grew out of the history of God’s promises to a family. A theology of history must always keep in view God’s focus on the individual and on the larger structures of society.


Dear Abba, this reading from Genesis reminds us that we are not separated from society, but fully connected and therefore we are participants in the larger community. We are connected through our mission of evangelism in our own communities and well beyond to cities, states, and even nations, to take the Word of God to all. Today we continue to pray our troops serving in faraway lands and those 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


Sometimes we must have faith to believe, before we can see it.”


The Israelites were at the border of Edom and were desperation, needing water for themselves and their cattle. Moses sent messengers to the King of Edom seeking permission to cross his border, so they could reach their destination. They asked three times politely to cross the border and not disturb his people or to take any water for themselves and their cattle and the answer was, ‘you may not pass through here, if you try, we will march out and attack you with the sword.’ The Israelites asked one more time and were told, ‘You may not pass through.’ Then Edom came out against them with a large and powerful army. Since Edom refused to let them go through their territory, Israel turned away from them.” (Numbers 20:20-21-God Has Always Included Political History)

God’s actions in history do not follow a set pattern which humans can predict. He did not automatically defeat all nations facing Israel. Edom refused to cooperate with Israel, but God did not call Israel to military action


Now when all the Amorite kings west of the Jordan and all the Canaanite kings along the coast heard how the Lord had dried up the Jordan before the Israelites until they had crossed over, their hearts melted and they no longer had the courage to face the Israelites” (Joshua 5:1 – God Has Always Included Political History )

This action taken by God had two purposes. Those who had already been circumcised before Egypt would not see the Promised Land. Those who had traveled along the Exodus, would be circumcised after crossing the desert as a reminder of their faith in God and their commitment to Him alone. There was also another benefit, which would affect those leaders who had heard of what God had done at the Jordan, allowing His people to cross on dry land and then drowned the Egyptian army who tried to follow them across. He was sending a strong message to all leaders who would now encounter His people and they would fear Him.


In King Hezekiah’s fourth year, which was the seventh year of Hoshea son of Eliah king of Israel, Shalmanaeser king of Assyria marched against Samaria and laid siege to it. At the end of three years the Assyrians took it. So Samaria was captured in Hezekiah’s sixth year, which was the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel. The king of Assyria deported Israel to Assyria and settled them in Halah, in Gozan on the Habor River and in towns of the Medes. This happened because they had not obeyed the Lord their God, but had violated his covenant—-all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded. They neither listened to the commands nor carried them out.” (2nd Kings 18:9-12–God Has Always Included Political History

The prophetic word controlled Israel’s history. The rise and fall of international powers occurred as God announced them, through His prophets. God promised judgment on a people who followed other gods, and after two centuries of enduring their false worship in mercy, He fulfilled His threats. Thus God’s Word describes history as God’s response to the sin of His people. Furthermore, evil political practices bring God’s anger and eventually His punishment on a nation. God is free to determine when and how to punish a wicked nation. He may use an even more evil nation to punish His people (In 722 BC, God used the notoriously wicked Assyrians to put an end to the Northern Kingdom because they refused to be loyal to Him.)

The Assyrian deportation was allowed due to Israel’s violation of God’s covenant. Israel learned God is as faithful to us and we are to Him.


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