Can you imagine sitting in the wilderness near the banks of the Jordon River listening to a man who is 120 years old preaching his last and longest sermon recorded in Scripture. Along with reviewing God’s faithfulness over forty years, Moses wants to make sure the people of Israel obey all the commands God had given them along the way. There was a clear reason for this reminder.
God selected Israel to represent Him among all the other nations of the earth, not because they were better than the other nations, but God was keeping His promise to Abraham to bless all nations through Abraham’s seed which became the nation of Israel; eventually leading to Jesus.
“See, I have taught you statutes and rules, as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do them in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples” (Deuteronomy 4:5–6).
There is a similar outlook on how the nations of the world are affected by following God’s plan. It is through the Church. Paul was made a minister to “preach the gospel to the Gentile the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God…so that through the Church the manifold wisdom of God might be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 3:8-10).
I added the emphasis to make my point. God planned to make known who He is by the way Israel, and now the Church, proclaims and lives out the “plan of the mystery” and the “manifold wisdom of God” through the gospel. We must see our part in this! As we do, our passion for telling the message will grow and become more effective.
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