There is no question that God has demonstrated His power all through the history of mankind. Stories were passed down from one generation to another of the flood in Noah’s day. What was the purpose in these “acts of God”?
Forty plus years after the Israelites crossed the Red Sea and that generation had died, the story of the Red Sea was still being told, and for a reason. “For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever” (Joshua 4:23–24).
While the immediate purpose of drying up the Red Sea and the Jordan was to make a way for the people of Israel to get them into the Promised Land and deliver them from their enemies, the larger purpose was to speak to “all the peoples of the earth” in a way that would communicate the power of God and cause them to understand that the “Lord is mighty.” This purpose is universal.
Taking this truth a step further, “all the peoples of the earth” will come to realize the power of God in the cross of Christ (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 1:18). The death of Jesus on the cross, His burial and resurrection, provided a powerful message we call the gospel. It accomplishes what no physical power can do. It provides forgiveness of sins (Luke 1:77), saves the soul from eternal death and gives eternal life (John 3:16), even though we may physically die (11:25-26).
Are you sharing with others this power with “all the peoples of the earth”?
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