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In every part of the world, just like in the case of Melchizedek, the King of Justice and Peace, one may find witnesses to God most High. The key to evangelism and mission is to find these witnesses to the Creator of Heaven and Earth. Abraham is a great example of this Missio Dei (Genesis 14:19-22).

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Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me . . . we are brothers.” (Gen 13:8)- the key to end all strife and violence in the world today and always.  Would that this principle be applied to the Middle East or anywhere!

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The Church, just like Abraham, has made many mistakes in history. Fallen humanity will always make mistakes. The key to getting back to the Missio Dei, is to intentionally and vigorously “go back up” into the presence of God, and from that vantage point set things right- just like Abraham (Genesis 13:1).

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A sad and horrible fact in human history is the reality that men who are husbands, fathers, brothers, cousins, friends, . . . have always betrayed their women to human trafficking. In Genesis 12:10-20, “Abraham went down to Egypt . . .” He chooses to subject his wife to human trafficking, to protect his own life!

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In the history of humanity, thankfully, there have been people like Abraham, who have heeded God’s call to courageously go into unknown lands. Unlike the high-class, self-deified people of Genesis 11, they do not seek to make a “name” for themselves, but God endows upon them his “name.”  Through this “name,” they become a source of salvation, healing, and blessing to broken societies. (Genesis 12)

 

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Throughout history, the core problem of human condition has been the fact that human beings have always sought to become divine, so that they, the “higher humans” would gain power to rule over others who they regard as “lesser human beings.” A good example is the caste system of India.

Gen. 11:1 begins with the words, “The whole earth had one Lip and one Torah.” There were no religious, philosophical, racial, caste . . . boundaries between people. They all worshipped one God- the Creator, the Savior, the God of the Bible.  They had one philosophy of life- the Torah. Yet, they decided to “make a Name, i.e., they decided to become divine,” so that they could create boundaries between them, “the divine humans,” and the “lesser human beings.” The latter were treated with gross injustice and indignity.

The result is a discombobulation of religions and philosophies. This is the root of all divisions and violence in human history.

The biblical answer is the Divine Word, Jesus the Messiah.  This is the Logos who created at the beginning. He seeks to heal all divisions between God and humanity, and between humans and humans.

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Genesis 9:24-27 is one of the most powerful poems of the Bible. It prophesies that God will dwell among humanity through the Semitic people, to heal all the ills of humanity- “May God dwell in the tents of Shem.”

Sadly this text of the Bible has been misused and abused in history. In the Antebellum South of USA this text was used to enslave the African people. They erroneously supposed that the Hamitic people were the African people who were forever doomed to slavery. This poem instead is descriptive of the religious injustices of Canaanite society: there was sexual immorality, there were social injustices like slavery . . . It is descriptive of the injustices among humanity, as a whole.  Yet, it prophesies, “God will dwell in the tents of Shem,” to heal all these injustices and religious ills.

The prophecy was fulfilled 2000 years ago. In the Messiah Jesus, God became human, and dwelt “in the tents of Shem” to heal all these injustices and ills.

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