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Tuesday, November 05, 2002

Edifier du Jour-Acts 13:44-49(NASB)
44 The next Sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of the Lord. 45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were blaspheming. 46 Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, "It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. 47 "For so the Lord has commanded us, 'I HAVE PLACED YOU AS A LIGHT FOR THE GENTILES, THAT YOU MAY BRING SALVATION TO THE END OF THE EARTH.'" 48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. 49 And the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region.
The metaphor that struck me this morning as I read this is to the North and South of the world and how the once-Christian areas of Europe are almost a Christian-free zone and the US struggles to maintain a semblance of Christian roots. I feel we're in the position of the Jews in this piece, being given the Gospel first but repudiating it. God will have people expanding His kingdom; if it isn't Europeans and Euro-Americans, he'll use Cameroonians and Argentineans. I'm reminded of Luke 19:39-41
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, rebuke Your disciples." 40 But Jesus answered, "I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!"
Our countries might be rejecting the Gospel, but let's see to it (to borrow from the Ron Kenoly song) that we don't let no rock outpraise us.

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