Yahweh, the Redeemer of the Nations

The prophets of Israel grew increasingly aware that not only Israel would share in God’s acts of redemption. God would break in to restore His liberating Lordship over the entire world of the nations,[1] that is, after Israel’s rescue the other nations make their pilgrimage back to Zion, the mountain of the Lord. The prophets picture the people of the other nations as returning to Jerusalem, where the God of Israel shall appear as the God of all peoples[2] (Isa 2,1-4; 25,6-9; 60; Mic 4,1-4; Jer 3,17; Zech 8,20ff). Several Psalms chant this theme, too. Psalm 87 proclaims Jerusalem as the ecumenical city whose citizens shall someday include inhabitants of the various nations, even from those nations who once most ardently opposed the God of Israel. They shall join in celebrating God’s restored fellowship with the peoples.

[1] J. Verkuyl, Contemporary Missiology: An Introduction, (E. Tr. and ed. by D. Cooper), William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Michigan, (1978), 93.

[2] Cf. F. Landy, “Torah and Anti-Torah: Isaiah 2, 2-4 and 1, 10-26,” BI, Vol. XI, no. 3/4, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, (2003), 317-334, 319.


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