This week’s message is from The Biblical Foundation for the Worldwide Mission Mandate, by Johannes Verkuyl, published in Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader, 3rd Edition, William Carey Library, 1999.
These are the clans of the sons of Noah, according to their genealogies, in their nations, and from these the nations spread abroad on the earth after the flood. (Genesis 10:32)
Genesis 10, with its passage listing the table of nations, is important for understanding the universal motif of the Old Testament. Gerhard von Rad described it as the conclusion to the history of the Creation. All of the nations issue fourth from the creative hand of God and stand under his watchful eye of patience and judgment. The nations are not mere decorations incidental to the real drama between God and Man; rather, the nations—that is, mankind as a whole—are part of the drama itself. God’s work and activity are directed at the whole of humanity.
This is one of the fundamental truths of Genesis 1-11, the record of history’s beginning; it is also found in the moving account of history’s end, the book of John’s Revelation. The very God who revealed himself to Israel and dwelt among us in Jesus Christ identifies himself as the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending. He does not let down his work until “every tongue and nation” and “a multitude without number” have been gathered round his throne (Rev 5:9-10 and 7:9-17). God is cutting a path through the weary and plodding activities of men in history in order to achieve his goals among the nations.
Learn more about the World Christian Movement by joining the Perspectives Course that will be offered at Covenant beginning early in 2018. All Christians should hope to gain the perspectives of God’s will for the Church that are offered through this course.