KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 15:12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.
RELEVANCE When we think of Gentiles, do we consider the number? God separated people from each other after the Tower of Babel incident. Today, there are 195 countries in the world. One is Israel, and the other 194 are Gentile. That puts God's love and the Cross's blessing into perspective.
Below is a repost of an interaction involving me on Monday, May 22nd 2017. I posted it the following day. It shows that blessings don't need to be large or expensive to be valuable.
Often, the simple things are the sweetest.
Great reward I had an enjoyable experience yesterday. I was working on-site at a client’s premises when an Iranian man came to reception. He was ordering materials and spoke to an Iranian employed by the company. They chatted for a while in Iranian. As there are many Muslims in that area, I naturally thought the customer was Muslim.
A few minutes later, I took a private phone call on my mobile and went into the parking lot to answer it. While walking and talking, I spotted a Christian ‘fish’ symbol on the back of a car with the word ‘Jesus’ in some Middle Eastern language and wondered whose it was. Ironically, the Iranian man came out and was about to get in that car.
I beckoned him over with my hand (as I was on the phone talking to another person), pointed to the fish, then up to Heaven, and then gave him the thumbs-up sign. He got very excited and said in broken English, “Are you a believer?"
Again, I responded with a thumbs-up.
He said, “So, you and I will be brothers in Heaven?”
With my mobile phone at my ear, I responded with another thumbs-up, a smile and a nod.
“Praise God,” he said. “God bless you, my brother.”
This brief communication of words and signals was one of life’s diamond moments.
PRAYER Dear Lord, you divided the nations at Babel and brought us together through Jesus Christ. How wonderful is thy name! Who would have thought that Jesus' death and resurrection could unite believers from so many nations with Israel's believers into one commonwealth?
Photo by Kyle Glenn