Words from the Heart for Sunday September 15th, 2019
And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.
Ezekiel 38:23 (NIV)
The 2016 census showed that Canada continues to be a diverse, multicultural country. However, in the census 32.32% of the population declared themselves to be simply “Canadian.” Although all citizens of Canada are considered Canadians, many Canadians also feel that is the term that best represents their ethnicity. Canadian is the largest self-identified ethnic group in Canada. Prior to European arrival, indigenous peoples (Inuit, Metis, and First Nations) lived in Canada. People from a diverse set of ethnic backgrounds can identity as “Canadian”.
God chose the people of Israel to have a special relationship with Him. Through His covenant relationship with them, He began to reveal His nature and His plan of redemption. But His plan was never meant to be limited to Israel. His love was for the whole world, and over and over the Bible teaches that God’s Kingdom includes men, women and children from every tribe, tongue and nation on the planet. This is not just a New Testament principle. In Ezekiel 38:23 we read: “And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.” There is no one like the God of Israel. He alone is the great God of the universe, and holy by nature – the set apart One. Unlike the national gods of the nations around Israel at the time, this God, the One true God, is the Creator of the whole world, and as such is the Lord of every nation and people group on the planet. Through Jesus Christ He has revealed Himself to be the Saviour of the world. He will be glorified in every nation on earth.
These have been words from the heart.