Missiology Through Scripture – Deuteronomy 26:5

“And you shall make response before the LORD your God, ‘A wandering Aramean was my father. And he went down into Egypt and sojourned there, few in number, and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous.’” – Deuteronomy 26:5

Jacob, who married the daughters of an Aramean (Laban) is the Aramean referenced in this passage. The mentioning of his wandering is likely a reference Jacob’s frequently evolving circumstances and his travels to Aram, Canaan and Egypt (Gen 28-46). Jacob wandered as he fulfilled his pastoral duties. He moved from place to place and lived in many temporary circumstances. Jacob had few certainties in his life, other than his covenant with God.

This verse sits in a larger passage (Deut 26:5-9) which is frequently referenced as the “little creed.” It recalls thanksgiving for God’s invariable faithfulness to Israel. God’s commitment to love his elect people and to provide them with all they need to accomplish his will is unwavering. Paul Gilchrist said, “The recital of the creed serves as a testimony acknowledging his family roots, the history of God’s redemptive work, and his present inheritance as a gift of God’s grace in redemption—all in fulfillment of God’s oath verifying the covenant promises.”[1] Israel was small and “few in number” with little to call their own, but the Lord would use them for greatness.

From the humble beginnings of God’s people, he always intended to use his elect to be the foundation of a people who would be the worldly representation of his covenantal commitment to provide salvation for the unworthy. Israel was formed and sanctified into the foundation of the future. Jesus descended from the great nation and through his blood all of his disciples are adopted into the family of God’s beloved elect. From Jacob to Jesus to Christians today, it was always intended for us to become part of God’s nation, which he would use to reach every tribe and tongue with his merciful message of grace. What a show of love it is to see how God planned to use us from the beginning.

 

[1] Paul R. Gilchrist, “Deuteronomy,” in Evangelical Commentary on the Bible, vol. 3, Baker Reference Library (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1995), 125.

About Mike

Mike, 48, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written two books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written two books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.
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