Friday, January 6, 2012
Welcome to Day 6 of our Life Journal!
So… How’s it going thus far? Are you able to keep up?
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Genesis 15 Let’s see… Zechariah had questions, Mary had questions, now Abram. “How can I know…” A common theme in the first 20 chapters we’ve read thus far… Thinking of Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, let us reason together…” Generally speaking, God is ok with us asking questions… Generally…
Genesis 16: Abram and Sarai created one BIG mess by taking matters into their own hands… It was Sarai’s suggestion and Abram went along with it to sleep with Sarai’s servant. What a dumb idea. Abram should have never agreed to that. What was he thinking? Funny how scripture says, “Abram believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.” That’s the verse we focus on… for good reason. But still, they failed miserably, too, along the way.
Luke 6:9 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?” Is it important to take a Sabbath and/or to observe the Sabbath? Yes, but the bigger issue is what we DO on the Sabbath. To do good… Of course, isn’t that true every day??
Worth mentioning Jesus chose 12 to be Apostles… He had LOTS of disciples.
OK, I give. Too much in Luke 6… Insert whole chapter here. Don’t judge others, a tree is known by its fruit, what is my life built on…
God told Abram that the Hebrews would be enslaved in Egypt for FOUR HUNDRED YEARS! That’s longer than the U.S. has been a nation! Even from Christopher Columbus at 1492 + 400 = 1892!. It would be like our nation from it’s start being enslaved. And God knew it and allowed it. That’s a really long time! Generations never knew freedom… God was true to his promise, but it was in HIS timing…
16:12 The angel told Hagar her son would be a “wild donkey of a man.” Both sad and hilarious to me… God even blessed Hagar and told her that her descendants would be too numerous to count. Similar promise that He gave to Abram… This was Abram’s seed… although not the way God intended. God is faithful to His promises. In Galatians, Ishmael is referred to as being born “of the flesh” but Isaac (not born until chapter 21) was born “of the Spirit.”
Key verse, from a slave girl… “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” Wow.
99% of the people in the Bible failed, but it didn’t necessarily define their lives. I tend to remember Samson, Thomas and Judas and a few others who are most remembered for their failures, but Moses, David and Paul were all murderers… But we remember them more for their successes, “David was a man after God’s own heart” yet he had Bathsheba’s husband (Uriah the Hittite) killed… Moses killed the Egyptian, Paul/Stephen. Our failures don’t have to define who we are… but they can. Note to self.
There was a promise with Ishmael… but the everlasting covenant with Isaac. Both were going to be fathers of great nations, but the everlasting covenant was for Isaac.
Sidenote: Imagine the discussions at the water cooler over this idea of circumcision. Imagine if twitter existed then… Tweet: “Abram said we have to be “circumcised?” Is he serious?? You first! #circumcision”
I know You see me. I want to see You. Every day… Oh, and remove the block of wood from my eye.
I know You are faithful to Your promises… Lord help me to be faithful to You. To not get ahead of You and take matters into my own hands as Abram and Sarai did. To patiently wait on You. Thank you for your word, Lord… That is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.