Father of a multitude!
January 6th Scripture Reading: Genesis 15-17
A great deal has happened in the lives of Abram and Sarai in the last three chapters. They traveled to Egypt and back. They rescued Lot from invaders. They gave the first tithes to Melchizedek, an unusual man who was a king of Salem (Jerusalem) and a priest of “The Most High God”. Sarai suggested to Abram that he have a child by her maid, Hagar, to fulfill God’s promise since she was still barren. A child resulted and trouble ensued. Good ideas are not always God’s ideas! The child, Ishmael, became a source of trouble in the house and was prophesied to be one who would cause trouble (Genesis 16:12). We are today experiencing trouble from Ismael’s offspring over 4000 years later!
God visited Abram and Sarai again about 25 years later. Abram is now 99 years old and Sarai is 90. During this visit, God renewed His promise of a son born to Sarai. God confirmed His promise to them in a covenant. Part of a covenant is an exchange of names. Abram means “Exalted Father” and Abraham means “Father of a multitude”. Sarai’s new name means “Princess”. God took Abraham’s name too. He became known as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God gave them circumcision a physical sign of the covenant. This mark in the male organ carrying the “seed”, would remind Abraham of God’s promise and mark his offspring as set apart for Him.
Faith simply says “yes” to God and obeys! Abraham is known as the father of faith because he believed God and God credited him with being righteous! (Genesis 15:6) By faith in Jesus we are credited with righteousness and adopted into God’s family. God writes our name in the Book of Life and we have an eternal inheritance in Him . He gives us the Holy Spirit as a mark of His promises! Amen!
Have you ever tried to ‘help God out’ to fulfill a promise He made to you? How long have you had to wait for a promise to be fulfilled? Are you assured of your right standing with God through Jesus?
“Having believed, you were marked in Him (Christ) with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, Who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession, to the praise of His Glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14