“This generation of Christians is responsible for this generation of souls on the earth!”
Keith Green

TODAY’S READING: Exodus 1

Exodus means “the road out.” Israel as an extended family that started with 70 persons (Exo. 1:5) multiplied, thanks to the midwives who feared the Lord (v. 17), for God loves those who save other lives at risk to their own. It should always be kept in mind that the multiplication and fruitfulness of Israel was a promise, a promise linked to the responsibility to be a blessing to all nations. Christopher Wright has excellent summary thoughts on the meta-narrative of missions as revealed in Exodus. His thoughts are worth quoting at length:

This new story that will portray God in a new role (as go’el, redeemer) is in fact the next phase of the story that unfolded in Genesis, the same story that had been launched by God’s great “missional commission” to Abraham and its accompanying words of promise. If there were missional implications to that great Abrahamic tradition, then we can be sure there are missional implications to this one also….

There is a kind of push and pull effect motivating God’s action. On the one hand, he is pulled down by human cries to rectify injustice on earth. On the other hand, he is driven forward by his own declared intention to bless the nations and fulfill his covenant to Abraham. Both of these continue to be prominent themes in the way the Old Testament subsequently uses the exodus story as a model for understanding the character and action of God….

What [God] is about to do in the great redemption of Israel from oppression will forever be linked to the revelation of his personal divine name, YHWH, and will also forever define the flavor of that that name. YHWH is the exodus God. YHWH is that God who sees, hears, and knows about the suffering of the oppressed. YHWH is the God who hates what he sees and acts decisively to bring down the oppressor and release the oppressed so that both come to know him, either in the heat of his judgment or in glad worship and service. YHWH is the faithful God, who calls to mind the things he promised, the purposes he has declared, the mission to which he is committed. YHWH is the God who will not stand by to watch these great goals snuffed out by the stubborn recalcitrance of genocidal tyrants.

All these affirmations about God, made at the time of the exodus, are repeated elsewhere in universalizing contexts. So although the exodus stands as a unique and unrepeatable event in the history of Old Testament Israel, it also stands as a paradigmatic and highly repeatable model for the way God wishes to act in the world, and ultimately will act for the whole of creation. The exodus is a prime lens through which we see the biblical mission of God.[1]

God is indeed “driven forward by his own declared intention to bless all nations,” so let us likewise drive. All peoples will come to know God, “either in the heat of his judgment or in glad worship and service,” so let us labor that the nations be glad. God will not stand by to “watch these great goals snuffed out,” so let us not align with and not resist God’s passion for all nations. Recalcitrance to get on board with God’s missionary heart didn’t go so well for Pharaoh, and it won’t go well for us.

[1] Wright, Christopher J. H. The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2006. 273–275.

Prayer Focus: Iran (85 UPGs)

Today’s Unreached People Group: Persian
Population: 36,788,000
Language: Persian, Iranian
Primary Religion: Islam
Evangelical: 1.90%
Estimated Workers Needed: 736

[Source: Joshua Project]

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