Daniel 1:6-7; John 4:23-26
Historically it is common for conquering kingdoms to change the name and language of their subjects. It causes them to forget who they are and where they come from, quelling the possibility of rebellion. In Africa, this practice was further complicated by the fact that it was done under Christian flag. This has greatly hindered Africa’s relationship with Jesus. A vast majority of the continent and diaspora have rejected the faith altogether, calling it “the white man’s religion.”
For this reason, it is important that Africa understand her spiritual roots from the Bible. This is important, because if identity is broken, nothing can be fixed. Ethiopia in the Hebrew language is the word Cush, meaning black. Scripture reveals that God has always had a special purpose for the black man. In fact, Amos 9:7a says, “‘Are you not like the people of Ethiopia to Me, O children of Israel?’ says the LORD.”
Much like Africa, the Samaritan woman of John 4 was the victim of a religious system that blocked her view of Jesus. When he found her He said, “I who speak to you am He.” This means that every other version she had know of Him was not Him. It changed everything for her. In the same way, Africa needs to hear the same words from Jesus, because ther version we have experienced, is not Him!
When identity is broken, nothing can be fixed. But when identity is healed...
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