THE MISSION OF GOD - ALL NATIONS
As we look down the corridor of human history and the development of nations, one of the most significant events was the Tower of Babel. The pride of man thought they could achieve what Satan promised in the garden; “you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 1:5; 11:3-4). In this they did three things that resulted in total failure:
1. They made bricks to build a city and a tower (11:3).
2. They exalted man by trying to reach heaven their way (11:4).
3. They wanted to make a name for themselves and avoid scattering (11:4).
Two things took place at the same time that turned their plans upside down:
1. God confused their language so they could not understand each other [judgment] (11:7).
2. “The Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth” [preparing for a promise] (11:9).
At the end of Moses’ life, he looks back and declares; “When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when He divided mankind, He fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God” (Deuteronomy 32:8). Consider in this verse the sovereign actions of God to make sure that a divided people because of sin, would ultimately serve His plan and purpose for His glory.
Paul stands in the Athens Areopagus and proclaims; “And He [God] made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.” Then Paul gives the reason why God took this path of dividing up the nations; “that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him” (Acts 17:26–27). The gospel is that appeal to every nation. You and I are the messengers.
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