The God of All Flesh
Jeremiah 32:27-28 (ESV) -- “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me? Therefore, thus says the LORD: Behold, I am giving this city into the hands of the Chaldeans and into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he shall capture it.”
Many mistakenly think that the lack of obedience or worship that people around the world withhold is evidence He’s not the God over all people. Some think that people’s professed religion of Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Judaism, or Islam exempts them from devotion to the Triune God. But the Scriptures say different. It doesn’t matter what religious preference they choose or whether they call themselves atheists, all humans are accountable to God.
Our passage today reminds us of this truth. We read from the prophet Jeremiah what God says about this, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me? Therefore, thus says the LORD: Behold, I am giving this city into the hands of the Chaldeans and into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he shall capture it.”
The LORD declares Himself “the God of all flesh.” This is massive. He doesn’t need agreement with this statement for it to be true. People do not have to adhere or consent to it for it to be reality. God is over all flesh. Nothing is too hard for Him. He rules over the universe. His promise is that He’s going to give the city into the hands of the Babylonians. Nebuchadnezzar is being handed a victory. It won’t be the king’s strength or might, but God’s willingness to give it to him.
I want you to reflect for a moment on this truth. God rules over all flesh. This means you could go anywhere in the world, at any time, and each person you see is someone that God rules over. He is their God. Don’t ever be led astray to think that God needs our agreement with His lordship for it to be true. The most important things we could do in light of this passage is 1. Live fully surrendered under the rule of God, and 2. Help others to recognize that the Triune God of Scripture is the One True God over all people. This is why we, the church, share our faith with the world. We don’t go and ask them to adopt the Christian God into their lives. We help them align their lives to reality that God already rules over them and help them desire to live for Him.
Reflection & Journal:
- Why is this passage important for missions?
- What leads people to the wrong conclusion that people need to consent to God’s rule in order for Him to rule?
- How should we live in light of this passage? How should it inform our lives?
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