“May God be merciful and bless us.
May his face smile with favor on us. Interlude
May your ways be known throughout the earth,
your saving power among people everywhere.”
Psalm 67.1-2 NLT
Israel received God’s blessing in order to make his ways known to “people all over the world” v. 7, so that they might fear him. The focus of the psalm is v. 4, the just government and guidance of God, which brings joy to the world.
As God’s people today, the church has been given the mission to make God’s salvation known to all. How should the church show that this mission has priority?
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“After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him two by two into every town and place where he himself was about to go.”
Jesus prepared his disciples for their future work of proclaiming the gospel and prepared the peoples who would soon be blessed with his presence as he proclaimed the kingdom of God in Israel.
How do Christians today prepare people ahead of time for Jesus’ appearing?
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“But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message would be fully proclaimed for all the Gentiles to hear. And so I was delivered from the lion’s mouth! The Lord will deliver me from every evil deed and will bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever! Amen.”
2 Timothy 4.17-18
The Lord saved Paul so that he might save others. In this life the Lord stood by him. For the next, the Lord delivers from evil and conducts him safely.
The Lord protects us so that we can do his will, that of teaching others the Good News. As we are engaged in this, God is guaranteeing our entry into the heavenly kingdom.
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“So Jesus replied, ‘My teaching is not from me, but from the one who sent me.'”
The Lord replied to a question of how he, untrained in a formal school of rabbinical theology, had acquired such learning. He exploded all human expectations and attributed all to the Father.
If Christ has sent us, as he was sent by the Father, Jn 20.21, what does this say about what we should teach?
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“Then the apostles gathered around Jesus and told him everything they had done and taught.”
Jesus had sent out the Twelve to preach only in Israel and to heal the sick, vv. 7-13. They reported in to him when they returned.
We learn from Jesus when we obey him. Our mission is unlimited, and he gives us on-the-job training. He shows us our mistakes and teaches us how to deal with our successes.
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“Now those who had been forced to scatter went around proclaiming the good news of the word.”
All except the apostles were forced to leave Jerusalem because of the persecution launched after Stephen’s death.
The Good News is what got them persecuted, but because all the saints understood that they had been give a mission by the Lord, they continued to proclaim it.
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“The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, ‘Return to your home, and declare what God has done for you.’ So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole town what Jesus had done for him.”
Whatever Jesus’ reason for not permitting the man cured of demon possession to accompany him, he gave him a great mission, so that the next time the Lord entered the region, he was well received.
Today, we can do both: go with Jesus and go out declaring what God has done for us.
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