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Abraham and the faith connection!

January 6th Scripture Reading: Genesis 12-14

About 2000 years before Christ or about 400 years after the tower of Babel, God spoke to a man in Ur of the Caldeans  in the land that is now called Iraq.  This man’s name was Abram; he was about 75 years old and married to a lady named Sarai.  They were childless and already beyond the years of childbearing.

God gave Abram eight specific promises:  (1)  I will make you a great nation, (2)  I will bless you, (3) I will make your name great, (4) You will be a blessing, (5) I will bless those who bless you, (6) I will curse those who curse you, (7) All peoples of the earth will be blessed through you, (8)  To your offspring I will give this land (Canaan) (Genesis 12:2,3,7)

God then asked Abram to leave his home country and travel to a country that He would show Him.  Abram obeyed God by faith in His Word.   God, who is sovereign, chose Abram and revealed His promises to him.  Abram believed God and acted.  This is what faith is in its simplest form.  Faith looks at what God promised and considers God faithful to bring about their fulfillment!

God calls us to a walk of faith with Him.  It is by faith that we connect with Him through His Son Jesus Christ.  We are called to trust God to bring His promises to pass in our lives.  “Yet he (Abraham) did not waver in unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.” (Romans 4:20-21)  “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”  (Galatians 3:29)

 
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Father Abraham and Faith

Scripture reading for January 6th: Genesis 12-14

About 2000 years before Christ or about 400 years after the tower of Babel, God spoke to a man in Ur of the Chaldeans in the land that is now called Iraq.  This man’s name was Abram.  He was about 75 years old and married to a lady named Sarai.  They were childless and already beyond the years of childbearing.

God seems to specialize in doing what seems impossible! God spoke to Abram and gave him eight specific promises: (1) I will make you a great nation, (2) I will bless you, (3) I will make your name great, (4) You will be a blessing, (5) I will bless those who bless you, (6) I will curse those who curse you, (7) All peoples of the earth will be blessed through you, (8) To your offspring I will give this land (Canaan). (Genesis 12:2-3, 7.)   God then asked Abram to leave his home and go to a land that He would show him and Abram obeyed!  With promises like that, who wouldn’t want in on these blessings and future blessings?

In these verses we see the beginning of God’s plan to form a people who by faith would follow Him.  Abram was told that God would make him a great nation before he had even one child.  Abram was told all nations would be blessed through him.  Abram’s offspring carried the seed of the one who would carry the Son of God, Jesus Christ!  Abram believed and acted.  Faith is just that simple.  Faith looks at God who made the promises and chooses to believe that He is able to fulfill them!  (Romans 4:20-21)

That’s exactly what God is calling us to do!  We now trust in Jesus Christ and receive the blessing promised to all peoples of the earth: eternal life in His Name!  Faith is still trusting that God will do what He has promised!  Will you trust and obey Him today?  He has people He wants to bless through you and your testimony!

“Yet he (Abraham) did not waver in unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” (Romans 4:20-21)

“If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:29)

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Melchizedek and Jesus

Scripture reading for January 6th: Genesis 12-14

Abram and his nephew Lot were prosperous in the new land God had taken them to. Abram had built an altar to the Lord in Bethel  and began to call upon the Lord. (Genesis 13:3-4) Lot and his herdsmen began to quarrel with Abram’s herdsmen. Abram was a peacemaker and decided they should separate. He gave Lot the choice of where he would settle. Lot had his eyes on the fertile plain and the city of Sodom. Sodom was a wicked city and the men there were sinning greatly in the sight of the Lord. (Genesis 13:13)

After Lot had moved, the Lord spoke to Abram, telling him to lift up his eyes and look in each direction. All that he could see would be given to him and his descendants forever! God reaffirmed that He would make Abram’s offspring as numerous as the dust of the earth. God encouraged Abram to walk through the land and survey it. Abram moved his tent near Hebron and built an altar to the Lord there. (Genesis 13:18) God blessed Abram for his faith and willingness to let God lead him to where he was supposed to be. This is a helpful hint for us in our walk. We can be selfish and reach out to take, or we can more wisely worship the Lord and follow Him!

Some time later, we find some kings attacking Sodom and carrying off Lot and his family, as well as the goods of Sodom.  Abram took his men and went in pursuit.  He recovered all the people plus the goods.  (Genesis 14:16)  As he returned, both the king of Sodom and Melchizedek, king of Salem (Jerusalem), came to meet Abram.  Melchizedek, a priest of the Most High God, met Abram with bread and wine and blessed him.  Abram responded by giving a tithe of everything to this mysterious priest and king.  (Genesis 14:20)

Jesus Christ is said to be a priest after the order of Melchizedek, having the power of an endless life!  (Hebrews 7:15-17)  As a priest, Jesus intercedes for us before the throne.   (Romans 8:34)  He served His disciples bread and wine at the Last Supper and told them to do it often in remembrance of Him.  (Matthew 26:26-29)  He is also King of Kings and will reign in the Jerusalem during the millennium!  (Revelation 20:4-5)  Jesus alone is worthy of our worship, tithes, and dedication!

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Father Abram and Faith

January 6th Scripture Reading: Genesis 12-14

About 2000 years before Christ or about 400 years after the tower of Babel, God spoke to a man in Ur of the Caldeans  in the land that is now called Iraq.  This man’s name was Abram; he was about 75 years old and married to a lady named Sarai.  They were childless and already beyond the years of childbearing.

God seems to specialize in hard cases.  He likes to challenge people to believe him when he speaks.  God speaks to Abram and gives him eight specific promises: (1) I will make you a great nation, (2) I will bless you, (3) I will make your name great, (4) You will be a blessing, (5) I will bless those who bless you, (6) I will curse those who curse you, (7) All peoples of the earth will be blessed through you, (8) To your offspring I will give this land (Canaan). (Genesis 12:2-3, 7.)   God then asks Abram to leave his home and go to a land that God would show him.  Abram does exactly what God asks him to do.  With promises like that, who wouldn’t want in on these blessings and future blessings?
We get to see the beginning here of God’s plan to form a people who would by faith obey and follow him.  Abram is told that God will make him a great nation when he doesn’t even have a child.  Abram is told all nations will be blessed through him.  He is promised blessing and protection from God Himself.  How can this be?  God sovereignly chose Abram, revealed the promises and asked for obedience.  Abram believed and acted.  Faith is so simple really.  Faith looks at God who made the promises and chooses to believe that the one who made the promises is able to fulfill them!
That’s exactly what God is calling us to do!  Trust in the offspring of Abram, Jesus Christ and receive the blessing promised to all peoples of the earth!  He also asks us to bless Abram’s offspring and the nation they formed, Israel.
He asks us to believe him now and be blessed and be a blessing.  Will you trust him and obey?
“Yet he  (Abraham) did not waver in unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:20-21
“If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”  Galatians 3:29
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