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Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Impact of Nations

Isaiah 49:6 outlines one of God’s purposes for Israel.  He is echoing what He promised Abram in Genesis 12:3.  It was the intention that Israel would be a light to the nations, a testimony of who God is.
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Contrast that with Jeremiah 25:9.  Judah did not follow God.  They refused to listen to His Word.  Rather they came up with their own ideas about redemption.  This did not work well for them.  God disciplined them, but rather than repent, they picked up a stone or a piece of wood and carved a “god”.  They then worshiped their creation and asked it to redeem them.  Judah also made alliances with godless nations in hopes of climbing out of the hole they had dug.

The Lords response was to send Nebuchadnezzar to destroy Judah.  But not only Judah.  Nebuchadnezzar’s assignment was to destroy the nations around Judah as well.

Think of it.  The nation that was supposed to draw other nations to God, by not following God, caused the destruction of nations.

I wonder if there is an application in there somewhere.

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