READ: Genesis 10-12, Psalm 4, Matthew 4, Acts 4
A creative God delights in the worship of a diverse creation. Arabs in the desert sipping mint tea. Pale, skirted, Alpha males in Scotland downing haggis. Latinos in temperate climes drinking mate. Nilotic Africans chugging curdled milk. God delights in them all and has apportioned them a place geographically and culturally. God created the peoples of this world “according to their languages, in their lands, according to their nations” (Genesis 10:5, 31-32).
Rather than worship God, man decides to worship himself by “making a name.” Our jealous God does not tolerate worship of the unworthy, and so the only One worthy intervenes, inserts language differentiation, and scatters the people groups across the earth. Not content to leave His peoples divided and devalued, as soon as he scatters them (Genesis 11), God reveals to Abram His plan to bless all ethno-linguistic peoples on earth. Abram will be blessed so that through his seed (Jesus – Galatians 3:16) all the peoples of the earth will be blessed.
In the fullness of time, Jesus is born and lives in Galilee of the Gentiles (Matthew 4:15-16) that those living in darkness may come to the light. Jesus establishes His right to rule and describes the end game: “This gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world among every people – and then the end shall come” (Matthew 24:14). Revelation 5:9 gives us a sneak peak of our forever: Every tribe, tongue, people, and nation in worship of Jesus.
We are not the only ones to know this. Every devil in hell fights against the supremacy of Jesus. It was the declared deity of Jesus (by His resurrection) that inflamed religious leaders in Acts 4. Setting the model for all anti-Christ ideologies to follow, they try to muzzle Christ’s followers from teaching or preaching in His name. This transparent denial of Christ’s eminence (deity) is transparent. The forces of our age are continually “against His Christ….against Your holy servant Jesus” (Psalms 1:1-2, Acts 4:26-27).
There really are only two groups of people in the world: those in worship of the divine Christ and those in rebellion. Like Abram, let us be people who leave what we know for what is uncomfortable, make our way to the peoples who refuse to worship Jesus, pitch our tent, build our altars, and call on the name of the Lord. The Lord will look on all threats against us and grant us boldness to speak His Word. We and the nations (peoples) will be shaken.