INTRODUCTION: Verse 18 is remarkable for being a wisdom verse that alludes to both the prophetic movement and the law. The word of ‘‘revelation’’ (vision) is commonly associated with the visions of the prophets (prophetic vision) and stands for the importance of prophetic exhortations on whoever keeps the law.
Social harmony cannot be achieved without the exhortations of the prophets and the teaching of the law.
Vance Havner said the church is a non-prophet organization. We need the prophetic revelation of God’s Word and those to teach it. Without it, ‘‘the people cast off restraint.’’ ‘‘But happy is he who keeps the law.’’
‘‘The missionary vision comes ‘from the law’ (the Bible). When it is obeyed, people find Christ, adjust their lives to the Word of God, and find the secret of a happy life (Psalm 1).
This modern missionary movement was born on May 31, 1792, when William Carey preached his great sermon at Nottingham. His text was Isaiah 54:2-3: ‘Lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.’ One listener thought the audience would dissolve into tears as Carey charged the church with criminal neglect. However, they did not weep; they simply rose up to leave. ‘Call them back!’ Carey cried. ‘Call them back!’ The result was that a missionary society was formed and Carey became its missionary.
Although Carey was a humble cobbler by profession, he was an extraordinary man. By the time he was in his teens he had learned Latin, Greek, Hebrew, French, and Dutch. He could read his Bible in half a dozen languages. He avidly followed the activities of David Brainerd among the American Indians. Carey devoured the Voyages of Captain Cook and kept a homemade leather map of the world on the wall where he worked.
Soon after preaching his revolutionary sermon, ‘Expect Great Th ...
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