“The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, ‘I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son. I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will blessed, because you have obeyed me.’” (Genesis 22:15-18)
Promise for the future rather than accomplishment in the present is the emphasis of biblical history. God’s promises gives His people visions and needs—family, the future, land, economic security, peace, death. Promise-centered theology is the foundation for faithfulness and the core of human faith.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, help us to understand that a promise from You is a guarantee. The when depends on when we need it the most, and we place our trust and faith in You that You will deliver it to us at exactly the right time and in a way that we know it truly comes only from You. It is in Christ Jesus’ name that we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“People use duct tape for almost every job around the house. God used three nails…”
“Hear, O Israel. You are now about to cross the Jordan to go in and dispossess nations greater and stronger than you, with large cities that have walls up to the sky. The people are strong and tall—-Anakites! You know about them and have heard it said: ‘Who can stand up against the Anakites?’ But be assured today that the Lord your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you and you will rive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the Lore has promised you.” (Deuteronomy 9:1-3)
The history of salvation does not rest on human power and evaluations. God’s purposes and promises lead His people in their decisions. By themselves, Israel had no possibility of conquering the land that God had promised His people. However, with God’s leadership, conquest was quick and certain.
“And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our fathers that I am on trial today.” (Acts 26:6)
The Christian message is the fulfillment of the Old Testament promises. Christianity is the fulfillment of God’s history with Israel.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers.” (Luke 1:54-55)
“In her Magnificat,” Mary praised God that through Jesus, Israel would be helped and the promises to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-7) fulfilled. Jesus is the hope around which the Old Testament centered.