From Genesis 3 forward, God’s saving mission is unfolded. In Genesis, we see it in the seed of woman who will ultimately crush the head of Satan. We see God’s saving mission in Noah’s family being spared, and God’s promise to never destroy the earth again with a flood. We see it in God’s covenant with Abraham and God’s promise to bless all nations through Abraham’s seed.
In Exodus we see God’s saving mission in the deliverance of Israel from Egyptian bondage through Moses’ leadership.
In Leviticus we see God’s saving mission in the sacrifices for sin and atonement of Israel’s sins.
In Numbers we see God’s saving mission in His provision for His people, Israel in the desert.
In Deuteronomy we see God’s saving mission in His instructions preparing them to enter the promised land.
In Joshua we see it in the victories God gave Israel over all the nations in Canaan.
In Judges we see God’s saving mission over and over as Israel turned to idols, then were punished by invading nations, then repented and called upon God, and then how God delivered them again and again through leaders He appointed to save them.
In 1&2 Samuel we see God’s saving mission through the establishment of David’s dynasty and a promise to establish David’s throne forever.
In 1&2 Kings we see God’s saving mission as God spares Judah as the tribe through which the Messiah would eventually come, even as the rest of Israel is scattered among the nations.
In 1&2 Chronicles we review the entire story again leading up to Judah’s captivity and ending with a glimmer of hope of their return.
In Ezra and Nehemiah we see God’s saving mission in the return of Judah to restore God’s worship and rebuild God’s temple.
In Esther we see God’s saving mission through a beautiful young Jewish daughter and her uncle, who save the nation from destruction.
In Job we see that God’s saving mission does not mean we will not suffer, but that God restores what we lose as we patiently remain faithful. As Job says, “Yet in my flesh shall I see God!” “I know that my redeemer lives.”
In Psalms we sing of God’s saving mission and glorious grace and celebrate Him in praise.
In Proverbs we see God’s saving mission in His instruction about wisdom and understanding that guides our lives and protects us from the destruction of folly.
In Ecclesiastes we see it in the whole duty of man. In Song of Solomon we see it in the celebration of married love.
In Isaiah we see God’s saving mission EVERYWHERE! From the promise that to us a child is born to the suffering servant songs where the word of God says, “All we like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way, and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Buy His stripes we are healed. Then we read of the new heavens and the new earth that God creates for us as He comes to live among us. He wipes away all our tears.
In Jeremiah God’s saving mission is in the new covenant He will make with us.
In Lamentations it is in His mercies that are new every morning.
In Ezekiel we see it in the new temple He will dwell in and where God will live with us.
In Daniel God’s saving mission is seen in the Son of Man coming in the clouds of glory and the resurrection of the dead.
In Hosea God’s saving mission in seen in redeeming His sinful people from slavery.
In Joel God’s saving mission is seen in the outpouring of His Holy Spirit on all flesh.
In Amos it is in God’s righteousness that covers the earth. In Obediah it is in the destruction of our enemies. In Jonah, it is in God’s grace extended to the gentiles. In Micah, it is in the ruler to be born in Bethlehem. In Nehum and Habakkuk it is again in God’s dealing with our enemies and rescuing His people. In Zephaniah we read, “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save! He will take delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing!” Zeph. 3:17-18
In Haggai and Zechariah we see God’s saving mission in the rebuilding of the temple and the ultimate coming of eternal King. In Zech. 9:16 we read “The Lord will save them on that day as a flock of His people. They will sparkle in His land like Jewels in a crown!”
In Malachi God’s saving mission is seen in the coming day of judgment.
In Matthew we see God’s saving mission in Jesus, who’s very name means Jehovah saves!
In all the gospels we behold the Lamb of God, Jesus, the Son of God, who takes away the sins of the world by His sacrificial death, His burial, and three days later, His resurrection from the dead. He who saves us also commissions us to join in the saving work of God by sharing our faith with those who are lost.
In Acts we see God’s saving mission as the gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed from Jerusalem to Rome.
In Paul’s letters from Romans to Philemon we see God’s saving mission explained and defended with a focus on the Gentiles who are saved.
In Hebrews through Jude we see God’s saving mission further explained and defended with a focus on the children of Israel who are saved.
In Revelation God shows us the ultimate results of His saving mission as after the Judgment, God creates the new heavens and the new earth and the New Jerusalem comes down from heaven and God makes His dwelling among us forever.
Let’s finish this year with a reading from Revelation 21-22 and the lesson is yours.]]>