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When most people think of the great commission and God’s commitment to reach the whole world, including the Gentile or non-Jewish nations, they think of Matthew 28:18-20 where Jesus told His disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations.”  But Jesus was actually restating a commitment God has to reaching all the nations that can be seen throughout the Old Testament.


In 2 Corinthians 5:4-5 we can see that God made us for the very purpose of being with Him in His presence in eternal life, or “so what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.”  And “life” is knowing God (John 17:3).  But people on earth followed the evil desires of their hearts instead of following God.  Yet God loved all mankind and wanted them to be in a love relationship with Him.  He could have come down in fearful power and told all the rebellious humans of His love.  Instead, He chose to use a man.


Genesis 12:1-3 says, “The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.  I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’”  Here God made a covenant, or contract, with old Abraham.


In those times when two people made a contract they would cut an animal in half and then walk between two halves of the animal together to seal the contract.  By this action they were saying, “If one of us does not keep his end of the contract, may the same happen to that person as this animal.”


What, in the Old Testament, did God often appear as?  He usually appeared as fire (pillar of fire, burning bush).  Why bring up these issues of contracts and fire?  Read Genesis Chapter 15.  I know you may be rushing past this, but please stop for a while and read it.  It is important that you do!


God committed Himself to fulfilling His promise to bless all nations through Abraham.  In Genesis 15 the burning pot (God) passed through the animals by Himself saying that He was going to make the covenant work and that Abraham was not responsible for making the covenant work.


Galatians 3:8-9, “The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: ‘All nations will be blessed through you.’  So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.”


We see from this that there is a faith that brings men back into the relationship with Himself.

Look at Matthew 1:1-17 and follow the lineage from Abraham to Jesus.

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