Monday, October 19, 2015

"before governors and kings for my sake" - Africa and Palestine

Around Tokyo, a humble shinto shrine

Africa and Palestine

An African woman was telling that her husband was killed and she was violated.

I was watching the TV, thinking how dangerous Africa was.  Africa produced mankind, but it did not allow Africans to build a mighty material civilization.  Africa had been existent waiting for Europeans to come and exploit them, according to history.

What is worse, there are big natural barriers between Africa and the outer world.  There are the Sahara desert (except a narrow path along the Nile) and the Red Sea.  The Indian Ocean doesn't look so easy to sail on.  Africans have not been closely connected with the Eurasia Continent.

However Egyptians frequently traveled to Palestine, and tribes living as far as in Mesopotamia often moved to Egypt even in ancient days.  Africa is connected to the Eurasia Continent though Egypt and Palestine.  (It is said that groups of human beings left Africa through the Red Sea 120,000 years ago and through Palestine 60,000 years ago.)  And, roughly speaking Palestine is the dividing area between Europe and Asia. In this context Palestine is the center of the world, since America could be regarded as a big island west of Europe.

The fact that Christ Jesus, the Son of God, appeared in Palestine 2000 years ago is so significant.  He was born, as a man, in the center of the world.  (For this purpose, it seems that God ordered Abraham to leave Mesopotamia and move to Palestine and set up his descendants as Judaists that became a vessel of the true religion.)  It means that Christ Jesus would reign over or take care of all the world, Africa, Europe and Asia.

Indeed, whenever we watch the world map, we cannot miss Africa so close to Palestine or Jerusalem.  It is as close to Palestine or Jerusalem, the place strongly related to Christ Jesus, as Europe and Asia are.

The world essentially consists of Africa, Europe, and Asia (America may be regraded as an extension of Europe).  And at the center or the connecting point, there is Palestine where Christ Jesus appeared as a man 2000 years ago.

That is why we have to admit that we are living, all through the history, in the world set up by God.

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Mat 10:18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
Mat 10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.