I took a Bible Study, Village Schools of the Bible, which I've talked about before. This Bible Study shed some seriously light to the 400 years of silence. Learning and studying about these 400 years brings about so much peace during this year's crazy election.
What does it teach me most? That God is working and orchestrating. He is not silent. Rather He is showing us He has a master plan and He is forever working in our lives. For He is always with us. He has perfect timing and brings everything to forwishen in His perfect timing.
For example, these 400 years, the time between the Old Testament and the New Testament, God was bringing about the perfect moment for His Son to come into this world and save us.
There were four major empires that ruled during these 400 years. Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. God used each one of these empires to prepare for the coming King.
Babylon - During Babylon's reign, there were two major developments that allowed for "easier" access to God. Synagogues and Scribes. The Synagogues allowed for local worship rather than having to travel to Jerusalem. In fact, Jesus often taught at local synagogues. The Scribes copied and taught scripture. No longer did people only rely on oral traditions. Many could study it for them selves.
Medo-Persia - It was during this reign that the exiled Jews were allowed to return back to Jerusalem. Medo-Persia gave financial support for the rebuilding on the Temple and the Jerusalem Wall. Thus establishing the center of worship once again.
Greece - There are many aspects that came out of the Greece Empire. One being the Pharisees and Sadducees. The other being one of the biggest aspects which is the "common" language. Many of the Jews adopted to the Greek language and cultural way of living. Thus the Old Testament being translated in to Greek and crossing cultural boarders.
Rome - This powerhouse allowed for self-government with a governor. Rome brought about major trade routes with roads which allowed for the Gospel to spread like wildfire after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son.
It was God who used these pagan empires. These empires that God's people distrusted and even despised. These empires who ruled when they thought God was absent. These empires where the people wondered if God abandoned them. It was these empires that developed local worship, access to scripture, a rebuilding of a people, a common language and a major road system that allowed for the Good News of Jesus Christ to reach the ends of the earth.
God may seem absent in this prideful, chaotic and corrupt election, but we know from history past that God is always working His master plan. We may not understand it. But we can have faith in it. And someday when we look back, we will see Him in it.
Be Still and know that I am God. I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world. Psalm 46:10
"I am the Alpha and the Omega-the beginning and the end," says the Lord God. "I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come-the Almighty One" Revelations 1:8
So today and the rest of the the evening as the fate of our nation unfolds, put your faith and hope not in a mere mortal but in a perfect God who has and will forever reign.