Since January 1, we have painted a brief picture of the purpose of God’s people from the very beginning of creation; To be a light for all those around us. However, as we have also seen, God’s people have not always cooperated. As Adam and Eve were banished from the garden, Israel who was supposed to be the light for the world was banished from their land of mission. However, more than a judgment, this seems to be God’s way of clearing the way for the further unfolding of His will to bring his creation back to him.
Remember, Missio Dei (God sending) in the Old Testament involves the individual and the community of God’s people cooperating with God in his work of reversing what took place as a result of the fall. Adam and Eve, Abraham, Israel and all of us have the assignment to trust God with what he has given us to do and can be summed up in our Old Testament Text today from Micah 6:8:
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
This verse stands as the motto of the alcove of religion in the reading room of the Congressional Library in Washington. Politicians have quoted it in their campaigns and noted theologian J. Smith has said this about this verse, “It’s the finest summary of the content of practical religion to be found in the OT.”
This is actually a call for the natural consequence of truly forgiven men and women to demonstrate the reality of their faith by living it out in the marketplace. Such living would be accompanied with acts and deeds of mercy, justice and giving of oneself for the orphan, the widow and the poor.
This is the type of living that God has always called his people to be a part of. Tomorrow we will summarize the Mission of God in the Old Testament and continue on into the New Testament to examine the sending of God (Missio Dei) Are we demonstrating the reality of our faith and living it out in the marketplace? May God help us to do so.