“For I have chosen him so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” (Genesis 18:49 – History’s Moral Foundation Gives Meaning)
History is communication between God and His chosen people to ensure proper moral behavior by the people and fulfillment of the promises by God. Biblical history ties promise and obedience together tightly. Following God’s moral expectations always carries the responsibilities of conveying those expectations to one’s family. Our moral development begins through family habits and expectations long before we can learn God’s expectations through reading His Word. His expectations are not unreasonable demands of a tyrant. They are the perfect guidelines of the heaven Father leading to righteousness and justice.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Dear Abba, what we read in this verse from Genesis is that You want us to be as perfectly righteous and just as we can be, and He has given us the perfect way to do so. The rest is up to us. Abba, guide us each day to learn how to become the people You want us to be and then keep us on the right path in every situation every day to achieve the goal You have set forth for us. Today we continue to pray our troops serving in faraway lands and those in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, and for those we don’t know. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Why should God answer us if we have shown Him we won’t obey anyway?”
Historical deliverance reveals God’s grace and power. It also reveals the moral uniqueness, the holiness of God. The holy God’s self-revelation in history gives a moral base to history and calls people with historical existence to imitate the divine holiness. In essence, He wants us to become like Him in holiness. By drawing near to God in this way, the holiness that characterizes God’s nature, will also characterize His people.
“You must do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices” (Leviticus 18:3 – History’s Moral Foundation Gives Meaning)
God is aware of the individual differences history brings to people. Historical differences do not change God’s moral foundations. Living in Egypt or Canaan did not justify Israel’s acceptance of their morality even though their cultural and educational systems had much older roots than did the young nation Israel’s.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“After the time of mourning was over, avid had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.” (2nd Samuel 11:27–History’s Moral Foundation Gives Meaning)