Israel's Mission: Part 4
God chose Israel to be His people and commissioned them to be a kingdom of priests who would demonstrate His character by how they lived in the world. In that same commission, God commanded His people to be obedient and holy; worship Him alone; and care for widows, orphans, and strangers. By doing so, they would fulfill God's promise that all nations would be blessed through the descendants of Abraham.
It wouldn't be easy to avoid the influence of foreign destructive practices and beliefs while at the same time interacting with those heavy involved in those practices and beliefs. God's people often grew complacent, corrupt, and fell prey to these destructive practices. On the other hand, some of the people who heard Jesus' teachings were likely quite insulated from the world around them. The question we will wrestle with during this session is, where on the spectrum do we all, and how do we get to where God would have us be?