- “To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it” (Deuteronomy 10:14).
- “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1).
- “Who then is able to stand against me? Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me” (Job 41:10-11).
- “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth…he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else” (Acts 17:24-25).
- “From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place God watches all who live on earth — He who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do” (Psalm 33:13-15).
“Every human being on the planet is known by God, considered and evaluated by God, called to account by God”
“To be human is to be addressable by one’s Creator — with no regard for ethnicity or covenant status. God can speak to an Abimelech or a Balaam or a Nebuchadnezzer as easily as an Abraham, a Moses or a Daniel” (Christopher Wright, The Mission of God).
¨How should I live for God in view of what I know about His world?
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those whobelong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:9-10).“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, ‘Build houses and live in them;and plant gardens and eat their produce. ‘Take wives and become the fathers of sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply there and do not decrease. ‘Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare’” (Jeremiah 29:4-7).(See also:¨Matthew 5:13-16; 28:18-20; Colossians 4:5-6; I Peter 3:14-15).___________________
“Seek the welfare of the city”?
What did this involve? It was at least a call to reject postures of complacency and vindictiveness. Both reactions would have been tempting toward those who destroyed your city. Engagement for good had to characterize their presence and activity in the life of the pagan city of Babylon. Yes, they were even to pray “to the Lord on its behalf” — affirming the truth that, “in its welfare you will have welfare.”
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