Is God Moving You?
October 20, 2017
[I want to show how God desired that the earth be replenished with human beings (with people), and He made sure that that happened by scattering them to the four corners of the earth.]
The Bible says the Lord created man. In Genesis 2:7: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
Genesis 1:26-30 says: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.”
When man became so sinful upon the earth, God said He would destroy him, but Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, built an arc, and he and his family were rescued with all the animals. And then, he came out of the arc.
Genesis 9:1-2 says: “And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.”
Now, look at Psalm 24 (the Psalm of David). Verse 1 says: “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” So, the earth is the Lord’s and he wants it filled–not only with animals, birds, and fish; he also wants it filled with man (the one in charge) who would subdue it and control the animals, the fish, and the fowls.
Genesis 11 continues this story: “And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”
Then we read over and over how the children of Israel would be moved from one place to another by being scattered.
Even in Exodus 5:12 it says: “So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw.”
Throughout all the Old Testament we keep reading over and over: He scattered them! He scattered them down into Egypt, then He scattered them all over Egypt, then He brought them out and scattered them all through the wilderness (and everything) and brought them into the land of Canaan. Then from the land of Canaan He would scatter them again. He kept scattering them because He wanted the earth to be replenished with man and mankind.
He had a purpose. He had a dual purpose for this. He wanted them scattered, and then He wanted His people scattered so that His people could witness and testify of Him that all men would have the opportunity to know God in truth, in love and in grace!
We read in the book of Matthew 3: “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea. . .” and all the people gathered unto him.
Then Jesus began to preach, and all the people gathered unto Him.
And, then, in chapter 9 of Matthew, beginning in verse 35: “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
Then in Matthew 26:31: “Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.”
Acts 5:36: “For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.”
Acts 8:1: “And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.”
Acts 11:19: “Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.”
As you see throughout the Bible, God continued to scatter people. Sometimes those who were scattered were not really believers in God, but after awhile some of them would turn to God throughout the land, throughout the nations, and in that way people scattered to the four corners of the earth. Of course, there are still portions of the earth that are not inhabited by man. That is being worked on. It is being developed. In some areas now where there has been nothing but animals and jungle the land is being cleared, and men are building and developing those areas.
God wants the earth replenished with men–with humans: men and women. (When it says men, it means families, of course.) God made His earth and owns the earth and the fulness thereof and they that dwell therein. He wants His beautiful earth to be inhabited by men for them to dress it as a garden and turn it into the right kind of beauty. He left that for man to do and told man to do it!
And, He wants Himself to be known by all men!
And, then, there are always those select ones who are born again, and they too are scattered over all the earth. They are not all scattered because of persecution. Some are scattered because of the call of God. God scatters the missionaries. Even The GPA (The Gospel Preacher Association) which God blessed me to found and get started has been built by many people, many have contributed; and now, many families are scattered throughout the world who are preaching the Gospel. That is the will of God: that we go into all the world and preach the Gospel, teach the truth, and win people to God so that in the future we will have heaven filled with born again, God fearing, God loving people.
Is God moving you?