I wish I could make notes on each and every part of these days we have in the Bible. I want to but I also want us to spend more time reading the bible than my words so…I will just choose pieces of this big huge wonderful story of redemption.
When Sarah hears she will have a baby when she is old and grey she laughs. She laughs because it is not a natural thing for a woman to have a baby in old age, much less a woman who has never had a child.
The men visiting Sarah ask her why she is laughing. They question why she asks if an old woman can have a baby. They ask if anything is to hard for The Lord.
The answer is found in the question. God used an old woman and an old man to bring Isaac into the world so his glory would shine through. God uses a virgin to bring Jesus into the world. He does these things to show us that nothing is impossible for Him.
“The Lord kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised.” Genesis 21:1 The Lord keeps his word and does for us exactly what he promises.
I am going to repeat myself…THERE IS SO MUCH PACKED INTO THESE CHAPTERS!….
Hagar is sent away (again). She believes she is going to die along with her son until God gives her a promise and opens her eye to the well in front of her.
Abraham and Abimelech make a treaty involving 7 lambs, and a well. In this account Abimelech sees that God is obviously with Abraham and and instigates this treaty.
In the midst of all this is a section of scripture that I will wrestle with until the day I die. Abraham is told to go and sacrifice his son Issac. He is told to go and sacrifice his only son, whom he loves, who he has waited so long for.
The wood is chopped, the journey is made, and a place is found. Abraham tell his servants we will go and make the sacrifice…
“And then WE WILL come right back” Genesis 22:5 (NLT)
When Isaac questions his father on the where abouts of the animal to be sacrificed his father Abraham answers him:
“God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son.” Genesis 22:8 (NLT)
When God calls to Abraham as he is about to sacrifice his only son whom he loves Abraham responds:
“Here I am”
As a mother I see this scene in my head and I don’t understand. I don’t understand why God would ask Abraham to sacrifice his child. I will wrestle with this section of scripture until the day I die.
What I do know is that Abraham did not have to sacrifice his only son whom he loved. Abraham did not yet Jesus the only son of the Father whom the Father loved was sacrificed FOR US.
Today our reading is full of names. It can be…no let’s face it. It is difficult and cumbersome to read all of those names.
BUT….They are a part of scripture so they are important. They are important because they lead us to Jesus. They are important because they are not just a name but each of those names is a person and has a story.
Each of their stories is filled witb imperfection yet each of their stories lead to Jesus…
It is the same for us. Our lives are fulled with imperfections yet Jesus is still in our lives and for us.
What did you discover in the geneologies today?
The same trial of famine and the same deception with kings…yet the same promise remains. During the time of Abraham there was famine. Isaac followed in his fathers footsteps (not in a good way) and lied to a king. The king even has the same name, Abimelech.
“A severe famine now struck the land, as had happened before in Abraham’s time.” Isaac struggled with the same circumstances that his father had.
“When the men who lived there asked Isaac about his wife, Rebekah, he said, ‘She is my sister.” He was afraid to say “She is my wife.” He thought, “They will kill me to get her, because she is so beautiful.” Isaac struggled with the same sin as his father. He did not trust the Lords protection and conjured up a story to protect himself.
The same difficult circumstances were their. The same sin was present. The promise remained.
“Live here as a foreigner in this land, and I will be with you and bless you. I hereby confirm that I will give all these lands to you and your descendants, just as I solemnly promised Abraham, your father. I will cause your descendants to become as numerous as the starts of the sky, and I will give them all these lands. And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed.” Genesis 26:2-4 (NLT)
“And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed.”
We will have our own type of famine in our lives. We will struggle with the same sin issues and wonder why we can”t kick it. Yet the promise remains.
Yet the promise remains.
20 Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, 21 and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the Lord will certainly be my God. 22 And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me.”
In his sleep he watched angels descend to heaven. Jacob did not have the ability to go up to Jesus. Jesus came down to Jacob and created ‘the house of God the gate of heaven’ by making his presence. Jesus came down to us as a baby. He came in human flesh. Each of us now is the house of God. He made his home, his tabernacle in human flesh. He now dwells within us. (1 Corinthans 3:16)
IF God provides for Jacob, IF God protects Jacob, IF he returns safely to his fathers home THEN the Lord will certainly be Jacob’s God.
Jacob does nothing to make the Lord his God. The Lord provided for Jacob, protected him, and returned him safely home.
In the same way we can do nothing to make God our God. He has made himself our God. He has created us. He has done the work to fix the relationship we destroyed. He has called us to himself. He has restored the relationship. He will return us safely to our heavenly fathers home just as He returned Jacob to his father’s home.