Tag: children of promise

God’s abundant faithfulness!

Scripture reading for January 28th: Genesis 49-50, Galatians 4

Galatians 4: 28-31 “Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now. But what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman.” So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.”

In Galatians, Paul was giving the believers, many of them of Jewish descent, a lesson in God’s faithfulness to bring about His promises to His people. God had promised Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that they would inherit the land of promise–Canaan. That they would be free from slavery and brought into the ‘land of promise’, where all of God’s promises would be fulfilled through faith in Jesus Christ, God’s Son. It wasn’t in keeping the law, for that brought slavery to sin and only a deeper understanding of the need for the promise of mercy through Christ. Our reading in Genesis 50 clarifies God’s overall plan to take His people out of Egypt, a place of slavery, and bring them back in His power and with His presence to the promised land and freedom. Amen! Let it be so in me by faith in the Promise!

Genesis 50:19-20 “But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the deliverance from slavery to sin and from human effort to keep Your law. I receive the promise of grace through faith in Jesus Christ and claim my inheritance–the Holy Spirit Who restored me to freedom and eternal life. As Joseph made the sons of Israel promise to take his bones up from Egypt, so I trust You to resurrect my bones to the promise of eternal life in Your presence!

Genesis 50:24-25 “And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land that He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you will carry my bones up from here.””

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Discerning the true Israel!

Scripture reading for July 25th: Romans 9:1-24

“For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race, the people of Israel.  Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises.  Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised!  Amen.” (Romans 9:3-5)  The apostle Paul had great concern for his own countrymen.  They had great privileges through being part of Israel and their heritage through Abraham.

But Paul recognized that it was not just a blood tie that made a person part of the true Israel.  “For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.  Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children.  On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” (Romans 8:6-7)  (Genesis 25:23) God’s sovereign choice of Jacob from Isaac’s offspring through Rebekah, the twins Jacob and Esau,  shows that blood relation was not the criteria for belonging to the true Israel.  God’s mercy through election chose Jacob as the one to carry the blessing.

God has infinite knowledge of what was, what is, and what will be.  From this knowledge He is capable of choosing  who He will use and will fulfill His purposes.   He is the ‘Potter’ and we are the ‘clay’.  (Romans 9:20-21)   We must trust by faith that God knows what He is doing.

Because of sin, we were all objects of God’s wrath.  How come God shows mercy on some and not others?   Paul offers a possible answer by posing  two questions: “What if God, choosing to show His wrath and make His power known, bore with great patience the objects of His wrath–prepared for destruction?  What if He did this to make the riches of His glory know to the objects of His mercy, whom He prepared in advance for glory–even us, whom He also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?” (Romans 9:22-24)  God’s glory is related to His mercy.  He has shown great mercy to those who have not repented and embraced Christ, particularly the Jews who were blinded.  This opened the door for both Jew and Gentile to find God’s mercy!  Praise the Lord for God’s patience towards us!

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