Essay #19 Abraham’s World
History is important. Historians, not so much (my sincere apologies to an eminently qualified historian and friend, Mark Edwards.)
The history of the world was, is and will be written by God. Unregenerate man will argue all manner of nonsense to explain how human action in the past brings us to our current state. (Note: See Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization” by Paul Kriwaczek)
God has written how the past yields the present. Man rejects the truth in favor of a lie. There is nothing new under the sun. Humanity is condemned because of belief in a lie. God promised liberation from the bondage of sin “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:15). The promise is passed down from generation to generation until the “fulness of times” Ephesians 1:10. There are those who will accept the promise and there are those who reject the promise.
Since the fall, man has been in bondage to his own way of thinking and acting. This pattern is exemplified in Cain, magnified in the antediluvians and comes into full bloom in Bable. The world system that is emnity with God is fully developed by Genesis 12.
The civilization that Abram encounters is well established. It is very sophisticated in its culture. Commerce flourishes. Arts are sophisticated. False religion is dominate.
This is the world then and today.
History is a collection of facts. Facts are not disputable. The interpretation of facts is another matter.
If we start with man as the center of all things and work our way out to an understanding of the world, using human logic and reason, we end up destroying man. Man is dead. .
The futility of existence will overwhelm the individual and render them hopeless considering the “cold icy certainty” of death. Stuck between the current random nature of life and the certainty of death, the individual struggles to establish meaning for life.
A false set of beliefs will be established as a worldview and then into a form of religion that encompasses all manner of wickedness. It will tolerate anything except for the truth of God’s word. This is the heart of Babylonianism.
Based upon a false religion that worships man, a structure of human civil authority and a system of forced cooperation will develop. Each of these spheres (false religion, human authority and forced cooperation) will be divided into two groups: Tyrants and slaves. All three spheres support each other and create a world that battles God and His word.
“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.” Psalm 2:1-4
Starting with God’s Word as factual, the born again individual has the Holy Spirit to guide his use of reason and logic and thus we can understand the world around us. We see history as a collection of facts that are connected and leading to a specific conclusion. Our interpretation is not based upon human logic and reason, but rather the illumination of God’s word.
We need not look to the world for confirmation of God’s word. It stands apart from the precepts of the unregenerate. Whatever blanks the world says are in the bible need not concern us. The focus of the bible is not on the unregenerate false religion, government and commerce other than to say it exists (Genesis 11, I John 2:15) and it is doomed (Revelation 17 and 18) The focus of the bible is on God, in His mercy, reaching out to the unregenerate, giving them new life and enabling them to understand the world around them.