“I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob’s descendants, ‘Seek me in vain’. I, the Lord, speak the truth; I declare what is right”.
Isa 45:19 NIV
In the world we live in today anything that happens anywhere is immediately known everywhere. Radio and television beam into almost every home on the globe and the use of mobile (cell) phones together with facebook and twitter mean that just about everybody is in instant touch with just about everybody else.
It was not so in the days of the Bible. Even writing was relatively new and printing machines were more than another thousand years down the line. Word of mouth was the common method of communication. Whilst the people of other countries might think that Israel’s God had been working in secret, one of the better developments from the exile was the exposing of Israel to world attention. It also meant that God through them spoke to the world. Isaiah could see that God was using the prominence they got whilst in Babylon as an opportunity to declare his truth to a much bigger and wider audience. Just as the Israelites learnt more about the world, so the world took notice of them – and of their God. From now on the widening sphere of the gospel of God’s glory was going to reach ever wider.
Even today the mission to declare God’s love and purpose to all the world is far from finished. The Christian community is still an outward movement, seeking to get the gospel of Christ’s love to every farthest place. Make sure that your community is an outward -looking, gospel-spreading fellowship.
Lord, let your truth still go out into all the world.