March 29, 2017

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Reading along with us in Genesis? Here’s today’s reading:

Genesis 18 (ESV)

And the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. 2 He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth 3 and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. 4 Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, 5 while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” 6 And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” 7 And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. 8 Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate…. Continue Reading

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  1. Again, I am struck by the intimacy Abraham has with God, the back and forth conversation of a Father and son. I love that Abraham felt he could go back and forth with the Almighty, questioning Him, while still recognizing the authority of God.

  2. God came for lunch! How cool is that? And no sense denying you laugh, when impossible things are promised! And boy is Abraham brave in that bargaining exchange! And God is gracious seeing the heart of his concern, that God would rescue the righteous.

  3. When I woke up this morning, I read Genesis 18 but couldn’t comment until now.

    I love the honesty of God’s Word. The human heart (attitude) is really no different now than it was way back then. After all the promises God has given us, after all the miracles He has done in our lives and seeing Him do the impossible time and time again, we, like Sarah in Genesis 18:12, doubt.

    Sarah’s response is certainly not “unreasonable” in a human sense but God’s ways and thoughts are not like ours (Isaiah 55:8).

    As I read the interaction between God and Abraham over Sodom, I was reminded of Jesus asking this in Luke 18:8, “I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

    I’m thankful that my faith when tested increases and when I nurture my relationship with God, it deepens.

  4. I have broken away from our study of Genesis to go through the book of Hebrews in preparation for teaching on Chapter 10 tonight (Wednesday). I did fall asleep Sunday night and missed the devotional time, but then read Hebrews 1-3 on Monday night and 4-7 on Tuesday. I am enjoying the birds eye few and noticing the writers passion for the new covenant and for Christ and the strong implications that should have on our lives. It is also interesting that where we are in Numbers is a focal point of the example used of rejecting God’s promise and provision and not entering the intended rest. The writer of Hebrews passionately directs us not to follow their example and receive all that God has for us in the new covenant with Christ as our High Priest and source of atonement and example.

    More on this at Bible study tonight…..

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