My attention was drawn today to Psalm 22:27-28; “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.”
Many times, in this blog we have referred to the word “nations” or “ethnos” which refers to a people group that is bound together by common cultural, physical or geographical ties. As we have said before, we are commanded to reach each of these people groups with the gospel, disciple and baptize them (Matthew 28:19-20 and other passages). In Psalm 22, which is mostly prophetic of the sufferings of Jesus, the point is made that within these people groups (ethnos) there are “families or tribes (miš·pā·ḥā(h))” which have family ties.
This same word is used in God’s blessing to Abram in Genesis 12:3; “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” They “shall worship before” the Lord! I can’t think of any work more exciting than being involved in a ministry that aims at reaching such families of the nations. I want to see this promise fulfilled as soon as possible to increase this worship to the Lord! We want them to realize that “the Lord…rules over the nations.” This biblical view redirects our focus away from the political mess this world is in to the eternal purpose of God – HIS GLORY!
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