Has missions always been something God cared about and or did He not bother to think about the world outside of Israel?
It could be easy to quickly glance over the Old Testament and think that God only cared about Israel. Much of the Old Testament was written about Israel, from its birth; to its exodus; to its history from the times of Moses, Joshua, the judges, prophets, and the kings. But through all of this you must see the purpose.
God Had a Plan
Let’s go back to the beginning. When God first talked commissioned Abraham (Abram at the time.) Abraham’s story begins in Genesis 12, when God tells Abraham to leave his home, and go to a country that God would show him. Abraham was going to be blessed and become a “great nation” (Gen. 12:2)
In verse three God reveals His purpose of why He is using and blessing Abraham: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3, KJV 1900)
God was going to use Abraham (Israel) to bless the whole world. God would use them for writing His word, bringing about Jesus, and He wanted to use them to reach the world. God didn’t pick Abraham because he loved him more than anyone else, it was because he had a special plan that he wanted him to fulfill. He wanted to use Abraham and his family to reach the whole world.
I hope when you read the Old Testament, and even the Bible for that matter, you don’t see a racist God who only loved one nation and threw every other one else away. God Loves the whole world, if you don’t already know that then re-read John 3:16. He loves everyone and wants everyone to come to know Him!
The next few articles I post I hope you will see God’s heart for world evangelism through the whole Bible (including the Old Testament). I also hope as you see how much God cares about the whole world and wants everyone to know Him, your heart will grow for missions and world evangelism.