Friday, June 7, 2013

Friday Night Light 6/7/13

Friday Night light June 7, 2013

 Genesis Chapter 12: 1-7
1) Now the Lord had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, From your family And from your father's house, To a land that I will show you. 2) I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3) I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." 4) So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5) Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan. 6) Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh. And the Canaanites were then in the land. 7) Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, "To your descendants I will give this land." And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.

Genesis Chapter 15: 5-8, 13-15

5) Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be." 6) And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. 7) Then He said to him, "I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it." 8) And he said, "Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?"

13) Then He said to Abram: "Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. 14) And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15) Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age.

The calling of Abram gives us an Old Testament glimpse into the redemption of mankind.

God calls us unto Himself just as He call Abram in 12:1-3. Abram was call to take a leap of faith and leave everything he knew and follow God. We likewise are called to take a leap of faith and trust the redemptive power of Christ’s sacrifice for our eternal salvation.

The response of Abram to God’s call showed the obedience of Abram.

Abram did just what God called him to do by picking up and traveling to a land he didn’t know. He followed God without question. Not to say we are not allowed to question God, especially if His will is unclear. But once we are certain of what we should do we must do it if we want to be truly obedient.

Obedience started a relationship with the Father.

In chapter 15 God brings Abram outside and shows him the stars. God made promises of further blessings to Abram as a result of his obedience. And Abram believed what the Lord said and it was counted to him as righteousness.

Our righteousness comes from acceptance of the free gift of Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf. That is our obedience and then we can continue deepening our relationship with the Father.

Still clinging to my God and my guns,

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