STUDY ON MISSIONS THEOLOGY by Miriam Berg
We have seen how God purposed to be glorified among all nations through creation and His covenant with Abraham. Now let’s look at how He made His name great among the nations through the Exodus and the 10 Commandments.
1.) Why did God want Pharaoh to let His people go? Verse 13: So that they could worship Him. (He wanted glory among His people Israel)
2.) Why did God say that He would send the plagues? Verse 14: So that “you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth.” (He wanted glory among Egypt)
3.) Why didn’t God simply strike down Pharaoh at the beginning? Verse 16: So “that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” (He wanted glory among all the peoples of the earth).
What was God’s stated motivation for parting the Red Sea? Verse 18: “The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”
Exodus 14:30-31, 15:11-18
In these verses we see that God’s plan to be glorified among Israel and many nations was successful. His people praised Him, and those who did not follow Him were afraid because they heard of his power.
One of the purposes of the Ten Commandments is to bring glory to God from “the peoples” when they hear of how close God is to His people and how just His statutes are.
So we see that even in rescuing His people Israel and establishing a covenant with them, God was also revealing His passion to be worshiped by all nations.
“There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and bow down before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.” Psalm 86:8-10
Between 30-40% of the world’s people live in unreached people groups. But, who, you may ask, are these people and where do they live? The majority of unreached people groups live in what is called the 10/40 window. It is the area located between 10 and 40 degrees latitude in the Eastern Hemisphere, covering northern Africa, the Middle East, and most of south Asia. It holds roughly 1/3 of the world’s population and has the lowest concentration of Christians in the world.
Another way to understand who most unreached people groups are is to remember the acronym THUMB.
Tribal – 161 million people; 60 missionaries for every 1 million people
Hindu – 860 million people; 2 missionaries for every 1 million people
Unreligious – 121 million people; 12 missionaries for every 1 million people
Muslim – 1.3 billion people; 6 missionaries for every 1 million people
Buddhist – 175 million people; 13 workers for every 1 million people
The preceding is the third 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 click this LINK.