Missiology Through Scripture – Deuteronomy 32:1-3

“Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak, and let the earth hear the words of my mouth. May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass, and like showers upon the herb. For I will proclaim the name of the LORD; ascribe greatness to our God!” – Deuteronomy 32:1-3

God gave Moses this song (Deut 32:1-43), and instructed him to write it down and teach it to Israel (Deut 31:19). The song is not a happy ditty intended by God to bring joy to the hearts of the Israelites. God desired for the song to remind Israel how they turned from God, even though he upheld his part of the covenant and provided for Israel’s needs.

The song begins with a call for all the universe to testify to what God has to say. In spite of Israel not being the witness they were called to be, God will get his message to the nations. God will use the miracle of nature to convey his teachings if Israel refuses to remain loyal. The existence of God is proven to all of mankind through the natural world and every soul is responsible for responding to that unmistakable knowledge. Martin Luther said, “He calls to witness heaven and earth, that is, all creatures. And it also happens that when the godless are chastened, they think that all creatures are hostile to them. This is produced by the consciousness of sin, which is revealed through the Law. Thus every creature agrees with the Law as a witness of it.”[1] Man sees evidence of a Creator around him and instinctively knows the truth of the moral law.

The rocks and trees tell a purer tale of God, then do we, his disciples. Though our poor evangelization must certainly frustrate God, he still uses us to pass his message of salvation to the nations. God’s elect, throughout the ages, have been instructed to bring the gospel and truth of salvation in the Lord to those who sense the reality of God around them. God’s adopted children are to proclaim his name and his teachings to the nations.

 

[1] Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Vol. 9: Lectures on Deuteronomy, ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, and Helmut T. Lehmann, vol. 9 (Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1999), 290.

About Mike

Mike, 49, 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 three 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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