We Won't Go...
From the very beginning God has been asking his people to "go". Having been made in God's image, He blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it." (Gen 1:28)
Then again, after the flood God gives the same command, Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. (Gen 9:1)
From the beginning God has cared to make Himself know throughout the whole world. It sounds very much like a prelude for the Great Commission:
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-19)
How did the people respond to God's command to go? They built the Tower of Babel. They said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth." (Gen 11:4) Their stated purpose was NOT to go to the whole earth.
God confounded their language so they would be unsuccessful building the tower and so they couldn't NOT go through the whole earth.
I cannot help but wonder what God will do if his church won't go in obedience to the Great Commission? In Acts, the church was to "be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Act 1:8) Seven chapters later they were stuck in Jerusalem. They had their squabbles and complaints. And, God brought persecution that scattered them,
And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria. (Act 8:1)
Seems to me that God will do what God sets out to do. I for one want to be on his program and to go when he says, "go".