Monday, April 12, 2010

History is "His Story"- Alexander the Great

I love learning about famous leaders- there is a small degree of separation in the lives of Hannibal, Napoleon, and Alexander the Great. History records some eerie ironies in the lives and providential circumstances of their lives.

Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) was used in the providence of God in a couple of dramatic ways.

The first is his creating a land bridge to lay siege to ancient Tyre and fulfilling OT prophecy. Please read the article linked below:

Does Alexander Prove Ezekiel?

I used to shy away from this story because the skeptics seem to mock it until I read the above account and compared the 'research' of the skeptics to the above research.
No comparison- I now fully see Alexander's tactics to fully conclude prophecy in Ezekiel.

But I wanted to spend this blog post focusing on a second dramatic part of Alexander's reign. His conquests of the Mediterranean set the stage for the Greek language to be the delivery system of the New Testament and the Old Testament Septuagint.

The roads and language allowed the gospel to quickly spread and allow the message of the resurrection to begin sweeping the globe.

It is also neat that Greek is the language of the NT, because it is so clear and distinctive. When people say, "You can make the Bible say anything" clearly do not understand Greek. It is so specific and exact in terms of verb conjugation- there is little room for editorializing.

Alexander the Great was not moral or Christian, but his free acts of conquest was channeled under the sovereign Lordship of Christ to set the stage for a new kind of conquest- the advance of the Church of Jesus Christ.

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