As we learned in the first study, the Bible is mostly about God and His glory. From the very beginning, God intended to reveal His glory – or to make known His nature and character – among every people group in the world.
GOD COMMISSIONS ADAM AND EVE – Genesis 1:28
After creating the first man and woman, when humans were not separated from Him by sin, God commanded Adam and Eve to multiply and fill the earth. The logical conclusion is that God desired to be glorified by all the people He would create.
GOS’S PROMISE TO ABRAHAM – Genesis 12:1-3
God promised to bless Abraham so that all peoples would be blessed through him. Even when God was separating Israel as His own nation, His stated purpose was to bless all the nations!
GOD DELIVERS HIS PEOPLE FROM SLAVERY – Exodus 9:13-16, 14:16-18, 30-31, 15:11-18
When God brought the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, He repeatedly stated that He was performing signs and wonders to that he would be glorified in the surrounding nations and all the earth.
GOD, THE TRUE KING OF NATIONS – I Samuel 17:41-47; Daniel 3:24-29, 6:25-27
God glorified His name in Israel and in the surrounding nations as Israel defeated its enemies. God also made His name great when He performed miracles on behalf His servants (David; Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; Daniel).
JESUS: GOD’S GLORY IN HUMAN FLESH – Matthew 12:14-21, 28:18-20; Mark 11:15-17, John 12:23-32
Jesus was the very image of God’s glory revealed to people. His teaching also showed a desire to glorify God in all nations. When He overturned the tables in the temple, it was because of His outrage that the temple wasn’t being used as a house of prayer for all nations. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus said He came to that hour so that God would be glorified. Perhaps most notably, the last commandment He gave to His followers was to make disciples of all nations.
GOD USES THE EARLY CHURCH – Acts 2, 10, 13:4-7, 15; Romans 1:5, 15:18-21
When the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, there were “God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven” who began “declaring the wonders of God.” That sounds a lot like God being glorified in all nations! As the early church developed, Peter received a vision to receive the Gentiles as brothers, the Jerusalem council said that Jews should not make it difficult for Gentiles to follow Christ, and Paul focused on taking the Gospel where it had never been before.
THE CONSUMMATION OF GOID’S PLAN – Revelation 5:9-10, 7:9-10
Finally, John’s vision of Heaven shows that there will be people from every nation, tribe, people, and language bowing before God’s throne in worship.
CONCLUSION – But what can I do
God has shown over and over throughout scripture that He desires to be glorified among all the people groups of the world. Although we know He will accomplish it, we also know that He uses His servants to accomplish His purposes. Romans 10:14 reminds us: “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” If we truly believe that God is passionate about His glory in all the nations, then we must be passionate about reaching ALL the nations. And so the question remains: will we respond to the call that God has given to His people? Will we work with Him as He seeks to be glorified among all people groups?
– Miriam Berg
The preceding is the eleventh of twelve lessons. We started in Genesis and will be working our way through the Bible. These studies will be available on this website every other week starting July 15th, 2014. You can access them by going to Articles in SDBMissions.org. Or if you would like to receive these by email twice a month, please contact Subscribe by Email and say that you would like to be put on the missions study emails list or use our contact page: Contact Us. To download a powerpoint version follow this LINK.