Too Small A Thing

Too Small A Thing

Key Texts: Isaiah 49:5-6

 And now the Lord says—

    he who formed me in the womb to be his servant

to bring Jacob back to him

    and gather Israel to himself,

for I am[a] honored in the eyes of the Lord

    and my God has been my strength—

 he says:

“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant

    to restore the tribes of Jacob

    and bring back those of Israel I have kept.

I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,

    that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

 

When God acts – He acts in a big way.

At least, that seems to be often the case as recorded in Scripture.

Take the words of the prophet Isaiah as an example.

Isaiah already had a big job on his hands:

“to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself,”

Yet he reports that God told him,

“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of

Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept.  I will also make you a light

for the Gentiles that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

And therein is the great, good news.

God’s salvation is to reach to the ends of the earth.

It isn’t offered to just one people, of one time, with one particular creed or practice, it is offered to all.

Am I talking about universal salvation?  No.

Am I saying all religions are the same?  Not by a long shot.

I am however saying that Scripture makes it quite clear: God plays no favorites.

The Christian gospel puts it this way,

“For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him….”

There it is – the universal offer – the “whosoever” part that evangelists love to preach about.

It is too small a thing for God to love just a few – He wants to love us all.

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