There are a few different reasons why I want to write about Nations and God's. Of course, some of it comes from the politics so immersive in our times, but allot of it emerges from wanting to share my "theological" journey. This blog series will spend most of its time with the Old Testament and an antithesis to the assumption that I spent most of my earlier years thinking was a center point of the Bible.
God loves the Jews, so much that the Jews are all he cares about and he is on the side of the Jews. At least until Jesus comes.
I have taken applied some of these ideas to my recent sermons. But this blog series is not my sermons typed out. I have manuscripts if anyone wishes, but these are not them. Sermons and blogs are different mediums with different styles and content. I am a little nervous because my prose has always been more suited for the ear. But I am excited to join the cranky opinionated and hopefully the prophetic medium of blogging. So in patients bear with me, but more importantly, wrestle with the Holy Spirit and the scriptures as we explore the Ideas of Nations and God's.
This series thesis would be that I have concluded that God is on the side of all humans, and uses nations. Instead of the antithesis which I was taught, God is on the side of certain Nations and against others. Whether that is Israel in the Old Testament, or how many see America now. All my evidence is from the Bible.
This blog series will focus on the sections of scripture when God speaks about Israel relationships to other nations and empires. Sometimes it will be minor phrases in significant chapters like Genesis chapter 12. Or major themes of a whole book, like in Jonah. Other times what seems to be forgotten sentences that change well-known stories like Exodus 12:38. Or verses that state that God cares about the other nations like Amos 9:7 or Isaiah 19:25.
I held a deeply anti-biblical idea as the center of my theology for many years. I hope you enjoy reading as I share how I now read the Bible biblically without this theological assumption. With God's grace, good theology will lead us to holiness.