Thursday, February 16, 2006

Day 6: Abraham

Genesis 15, 17, 22; Romans 4:1-5, 9-25

- God assures Abram that He is a shield and great reward for him.
- God tells Abram that his decendants will be as numerous as the stars in the sky. And the most important part was that Abram believed the Lord and his faith made him righteous (v. 6).
- God makes an unconditional divine promise to fulfill the grant of land to Abram belonging to all these other people.
- In Chapter 17, God makes a conditional covenant with Abraham (renamed at this point) to be Abraham's God and the God of his decendants. The condition is that they must remain consecrated to the Lord through circumcision.
- Abraham laughs when God tells him he will have a son bore by Sarah at their old age...a sign of temporary disbelief.
- God tests Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his only son Isaac. What an incredible act of faith and obedience on Abraham's part.
- righteousness comes when we trust in God to do the work and provide.
- Paul writes in Romans that it was not the circumcision that made Abraham righteous. Abraham believed God with the first unconditional covenant that he will be the father of many. The covenant of circumsion was the conditional promise that occurred after. This promise comes through faith, not the law.
- Paul states that not only was Abraham credited with righteousness because of his faith, but we can be to if we believe in him and in the ressurection of Jesus Christ who died for our sins.

It's really amazing at how God brings everything together. In our bible study, a bunch of us had just memorized Philippians 3:7-11 (NIV). It talks about losing everything for the sake of Christ and not having a righteousness that comes from the law but one that comes through faith in Christ. This fits in perfectly with the story of Abraham and his faith in God. I think I have a long way to go in my faith. Many times I find it easy to get caught up worrying about doing this or that...whether it's right to pray 10, 20 or 50 minutes a day or if it's okay to listen to this kind of music. The important thing is to have faith and let that be the guiding point of it all.



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