“I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her. But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.” (Genesis17:16, 21)
The covenant promise of God to Abraham began to be fulfilled miraculously in he promised birth of Isaac.
Through Isaac, and later Jacob and his twelve sons, the Jewish nation was born through whom came the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who brought redemption to all. The history of God’s actions is a salvation history, beloved.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You placed your plan in place, long before anyone even realized what was happening and why. Your plan took into consideration the building of the Jewish nation, the process of preparing them for the coming Messiah, His arrival, His ministry, His sacrifice on the cross, His resurrection from death, and His preparation of His disciples, and all the way until this day, and things not even mentioned. We are Your people and You are our God. We thank You for all You have done, all things You will do and especially Your love and forgiveness. All this we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Always remember, ‘God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.’”
“Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it, I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before. I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me. Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that her of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.” (Jeremiah33:6-9)
All that God provides in salvation is glorious beyond description. The “good things” and “abundant prosperity” of redemption cause multitudes to turn to Christ and share in those wonders. Evangelism means telling people of God’s wonderful provision of salvation.
“The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: ‘All nations will be blessed through you.’ So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.’ Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, ‘The righteous will live by faith.; The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, ‘The man who does these things will live by them.’ Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might received the promise of the Spirit.” (Galatians 3:8–14)
The grand design of salvation began in God’s gracious provision. The Lord God made a covenant with Abraham, thus creating the particular race (the Jews) through whom Jesus Christ, the Savior, would come. Salvation always emerges out of the wisdom, power, action, and grace of a loving God. He alone is the provider of redemption.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will do on before the Lord, in he spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of he righteous—-to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:16-17)
Beloved, the coming of Christ was God’s provision of salvation. That divine act included the coming of the forerunner of our lord, John the Baptist.
In the spirit of Elijah, John came to call people to repentance to prepare them for Jesus’ coming. Thus in that sense he becomes something of he pattern of how we are to evangelize today.