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Redeeming and healing the land?


Minneapolis, Minnesota

CBN reports that dozens of people have been saved, some water baptized, and others healed at the very street corner in Minneapolis where George Floyd died at the hands of a city police officer.

George Floyd’s death has sparked protests around the world, with many turning violent. Before his death Floyd was trying to turn his life around and was involved in a church ministry in Houston, before he moved to Minneapolis.

But videos and photos are circulating on social media of the spiritual awakening taking place on the very street corner where Floyd died.

Many of the postings are by a group called Circuit Riders. This is a ministry associated with Youth For a Mission patterned off the circuit riders in American history who travelled on horseback from town to town preaching the Gospel.

Based in Huntington Beach, California, those involved with Circuit Riders similarly travel out from their base sharing their faith. And a group recently went to Minneapolis to share Jesus in open-air meetings after Floyd’s death.

One of those Circuit Riders was Joel Bomberger, who according to CBN, reported:

“A team of our Circuit Riders went to Minneapolis to hold open-air preaching of Jesus and healing calls at the intersection where George Floyd was killed,” Bomberger reports. “There are too many testimonies to recount!! They were able to preach to thousands and saw hundreds responding to the Gospel of Jesus!!”

He also reports, “Dozens and dozens of people healed, filled with hope, changed, and born again by the power of Jesus this weekend in Minneapolis!”

“Just got a text that a deaf ear was just opened by the power of Jesus! Praise God!” Bomberger says.

So, is there a spiritual significance to preaching the gospel at the very spot where Floyd died? There might be. Though we tend to be spiritual people, what is happening in our countries and on the land is still important.

After Cain murdered his brother Abel, God said that Abel’s blood cried out from the land and that Abel’s death had contaminated the ground:

10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. (Genesis 4:10-11 NIV)

After the prophet Elisha healed Naaman, an Aram general, he believed in Jehovah and on his return home, Naaman wanted to build an altar to the God of Israel. But this involved a strange request:

17 “If you will not,” said Naaman, “please let me, your servant, be given as much earth as a pair of mules can carry, for your servant will never again make burnt offerings and sacrifices to any other god but the Lord. (2 Kings 5:17 NIV)

Naaman wanted to build his altar to Jehovah upon Israeli soil, not upon Aramean dirt. The soil was somehow significant in all of this.

As well, Jeremiah spoke of the land being defiled (Jeremiah 16:18) and Isaiah of the land being cursed (Isaiah 24:6).

Moses also warned of land vomiting people out of it because of its contamination (Leviticus 18:28), which is why God talked about healing the land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

The land itself has value to God as the earth was ultimately God’s gift to humanity.

So in once sense, preaching Christ and His forgiveness at the very spot where Floyd died can be a form of redemption for the land upon which it happened.

Sources:

“Born again by the power of Jesus’: Dozens of people saved, healed at intersection where Floyd was killed: CBN

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