PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ
(Official communication to the public)
Genesis 12:1-3 The LORD God 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 our 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.”
When God called Abram to leave his homeland of Ur, his family and travel to a land God would show him it would not be a place of obscurity, but prominence. God does not want his people to hide or blend in with the culture or maintain a private religion.
God took them to a place called the Via Maris, the coastal highway along the East side of the Mediterranean Sea. On either side of the highway were Egypt and Mesopotamia, two great and powerful empires. People from these two civilizations would share economic and cultural ties. There was the exchange of not only goods but cultural and religious ideas.
It was the ancient city of Gezer in Canaan where Israel settled. Its significance is that it stood at the crossroads or intersection of these two civilizations. Therefore, whoever controlled the city of Gezer would control trade, influence the people and the culture of that time. What an opportunity God provided Israel to let the world know the only true God! It was an opportunity to influence the world with their morality, justice and compassion that the world may know the God of Israel is the only true God.
Unfortunately for most of Israelis’ history they retreated from their divine assignment allowing the pagan Canaanites to influence and shape the prevailing culture. Instead of letting their light shine in the darkness they hid their light; instead of being the salt that prevents cultural and spiritual rot they kept their salt in the shaker, reflecting the world’s values around them.
Today, God calls his people to stand at the crossroads of life and actively participate in shaping our culture and world that people may see and know the only true God.
Think for a moment about where you live, what you do, and the people with whom you have contact. Can you think of why God might have placed you where you are?
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Sunday 23, 9:00 Morning worship. Sermon: Blessings
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