The Bible makes it very clear that God considers Israel to be the center of the world. Since Christ came, all people are considered equal in God’s eyes, but the Bible still talks about how Jerusalem will be a central part of the end of the current ball that we call home.
Growing up I was taught about the world from an America-centric world map. You know, the one where North and South America are in the center and poor Asia is chopped in two, its pieces clinging to the east and west edges. I’m happy to report that most of the time my kids are taught using maps with the Amricas on the west edge, as they ought to be.
While reading a magazine article about the Middle East the other day, accompanied by a world map with the prime meridian running down the center, I was suddenly struck by how close Israel is to the geographic center of the world.
If the Atlantic Ocean were not there, and the Americas were butted up to Europe and Africa, the prime meridian would be a lot closer to Israel than its current English location. And if the continents were centered on the globe from north to south, rather than their current configuration of favoring the northern hemisphere, then the equator would be pretty close to Israel, too.
I guess it should come as no surprise, but I am still amazed. God truly thinks of everything to get our attention and help us understand His ways.