Aim to be faithful to God's calling on your life, and learn to let go of your own expectations for perfection. You can rest easy in this truth: You're not responsible for the outcome of your efforts. That lies in the hands of your incredibly powerful and overwhelmingly sovereign God.
The concept of "race" didn't exist in ancient history like it does today. Inter-racial marriage was practiced throughout the Bible, including the genealogy of Jesus.
Matthew 1:1-14 - The genealogy of Jesus, in which four Afro-Asiatic women are included: Rahab, Tamar, Ruth, and Bathsheba.
It makes sense that King Solomon would become romantically involved with the Queen of Sheba, if his mother, Bathsheba, was a black woman.
The Queen of Sheba. She ruled a kingdom that included territory in both Arabia and Africa. When she visited Solomon, she was accorded the dignity and status of a head of state (1 Kings 10:1-13)...
Matthew 12:42 - The Queen of the South, meaning "the Queen of Sheba" (parallel reference in Luke 11:31; compare 1 Kings 10:1-10 and 2 Chronicles 9:1-9).
Song of Solomon 1:4
I am black but beautiful, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Cedar, as the curtains of Solomon.
The Solomonic dynasty (Amharic: ሰሎሞናዊው ሥርወ መንግሥት Sälomonawīwi širiwä menigišiti), also known as the House of Solomon, was a dynasty of the Ethiopian Empire formed in the thirteenth century. Its members claim lineal descent from the biblical King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Tradition asserts that the queen gave birth to Menelik I after her biblically described visit to Solomon in Jerusalem.
The Bible's only descriptions of Jesus' skin color are in Daniel 10:6 and Revelation 1:15.
...his arms and legs had the color of burnished bronze, and the sound of his speech was like the noise of a multitude.
His feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters.
The African presence in the Bible is not limited to the Old Testament. Indeed many Jews of the first century lived in regions where Africans intermingled freely with other racial and ethnic types. We too easily forget today that miscegenation or interracial marriage was an explicit part of Alexander the Great's policy; he wanted all subjects to have Greek blood flowing through their veins! Of course there was no notion of the modern idea of "race" during that time, but suffice it to say that the ancients had no problem with Black people nor did the Greeks and Romans consider them to be inferior.
In the Gospel of Matthew, we find the quotation from Hosea 11:1 which reads, "out of Egypt I called my son." The passage is part of the notorious "Flight into Egypt" that describes the way in which Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt to hide the one that King Herod feared would displace him. Assuming that we can lend some historical credence to this report, it is difficult imagining, if the holy family were indeed persons who looked like typical "Europeans," that they could effectively "hide" in Africa. One must remember and take most seriously the fact that Egypt has always been and remains part of Africa. Her indigenous people are noticeably different from the European types, notwithstanding the Hellenistic cultural incursions, beginning in earnest just over 300 B.C. In fact, it has only been in recent centuries that the Egyptians and other North Americans have been officially racially classified as "Caucasian." Nevertheless, for thousands of years, Africans have migrated out of biblical Ethiopia and Egypt and have passed through Palestine en route to the Fertile Crescent or Mesopotamia. Thus, the term Afro-Asiatic emerged, and it is a fitting description of persons from Abraham to Jesus and his disciples.
For the most part by modern standards of ethnicity, first-century Jews could be considered Afro-Asiatics. This is to say that Jesus, his family, his disciples and, doubtless, most of the fellow Jews he encountered in his public ministry, were persons of color.
According to the Jim Crow era’s one drop rule, anyone with even a drop of African ancestry was denied access to public accommodations. This would have included Jesus if He were around in the segregationist South, including in churches that claimed to worship Him.
The historical, Biblical Jesus, with "burnished bronze" skin, whose foremothers were Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba, loves you. (Matt. 1:1-14, Dan. 10:6, Rev. 1:15)
i love the juxtaposition between the way the Ten Commandments and the Prince of Egypt portray God.
the Ten Commandments use reds and warm colors, and His theme is powerful with deep horns and trumpets. it’s strong and bold and invokes awe and authority, like His majesty is on display. this is an intimidating but loving God. (0:38)
the Prince of Egypt uses blues and cool tones, and His theme is quiet echoing choral notes. it gives a more personal mysterious feeling to Him. but when it builds in strength it feels overwhelming, like unimaginable wonders. (1:15)
they both highlight particular attributes of God, and yet neither of them are incorrect. God is fierce and loving, kind and merciful, holy and powerful, and all of these things and more. combining these two portrayals is only the beginning of forming an idea of the complexity of Yahweh.
“ ‘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.’ “ ~Revelation 1:8