“I do this so that everyone from one end of the world to the other may know that I am the Lord and that there is no other god”.
Isa 45:6 GNB
Historical events can have a profound effect on the way people perceive and think about the world and themselves. Out of the horrors and bloodshed of World War II people throughout the world came to believe that colonialism should end and that only a forum where all nations could be represented could have any hope of averting future global conflicts. Soon the old colonial empires were dismantled and the United Nations Organization was born.
The exile had a far-reaching effect on the way the Israelites thought about themselves and the world of which they were a part. They learnt that the world was a big place but that the gods of the Babylonians were not the mighty force they had previously assumed. And God, their local deity, was the universal creator. It was a “growing-up” experience for them. Having thus “rubbed shoulders” with the rest of the world a new and exciting prospect opened up. They could have a universal mission to the world. Other people as well as themselves could come to believe in and worship their God. This was a significant turning point in the story of the Bible. Slowly the focus begins to shift from Israel to the whole world. After Christ Pentecost, with everyone communicating and understanding one another, was the final ushering-in of Christianity’s world-wide mission.
The word of God, his truth and his grace in Christ, are still the message Christianity has for “the ends of the earth”. Christ meets every person’s need. And he is every person’s way to God the Father.
Lord, still spread the truth of Christ to every shore.