God shows up, Do we wow up?


Genesis 12:7 reads “And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.” 

God shows up to Abram and promises his seed an inheritance of the land. Note, Abram at this time is childless (no seed) but we see that Abram builded an altar unto the Lord, implying that Abram trusted God fully at his word and wow’ed up.

Points to ponder:
When the Lord appears to us through his word, do we end up worshiping him by building his altar and presenting our lives as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2) unto him. When God promises us what may seem impossible, do we fully trust him at his word as Abram did and wow up. When God shows up, do we wow up?

Genesis 12:7 (KJV)
And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.

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God amongst the gentiles


Genesis 12:6 and 7 reads “And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.

Did you notice that in the land where the gentiles (Canaanites lived), the Lord appeared unto Abram, the one deemed as the Father of the Jews (John 8:39). One of the meanings of the word ‘Moreh’ means teacher. When Jesus was on earth, Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, recognized him as a teacher from God, for the miracles he did (John 3:2). Jesus later expresses to the unbelieving Jews, that Abraham saw his day (the Seed who would be given all the land) and rejoiced (John 8:56), which fits perfectly to this verse in Genesis, that the Lord appeared unto Abram, in the land of the gentiles. This is Jesus amongst the gentiles.

Points to ponder:
Today, in this gentile world, all Christians can take heart for God is amongst the gentiles. God the Father is in heaven, God the Son is along side him in heaven but God the Holy Spirit is amongst us. Has he appeared unto you, teaching you of his ways?

Genesis 12:6-7 (KJV)
And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.
And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.

 

Spouse, Son, Substance and Souls


Genesis 12:5 reads “And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.” 

Did you notice that Abram took with him his spouse Sarai, which is not surprising or his nephew, Lot who would have been like a son to him, for Lot’s father Haran had died, his substance (or wealth), but what is interesting is that Abram took with him, all the people (which the Bible refers to as souls) that he had gotten in the land of Haran.

Points to ponder: First, let us lay up our substance (wealth / treasures) in heaven where it lasts forever. Second, many of us focus on our families (wife and children), but tend to forget the people i.e., souls around us. To all who believe in Jesus, who are assured entry into the promised land, but when we enter into the promised land, will there be other souls to whom we have declared the gospel of Jesus Christ, along with us? Abram took all the souls he had gotten into the land God had promised him to, will we?

Genesis 12:5 (KJV)
And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

‘Leave’ – of faith


One of my favorite movies is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which is the story of Indiana (played by Harrison Ford), an adventurer who is seeking the holy grail i.e., cup of Christ, which in the movie story, would give unto the person, who drinks from it, eternal youth. The movie is certainly a dramatic thriller, and one scene that left an indelible imprint in my mind, since I saw it as a child, is toward the end of the movie, where Indiana is faced with what would seem like an impossible situation. In order to get to the holy grail, Indiana comes to a cliff with a chasm so wide that no human can possibly jump it, to get to the other side, while his father (played by Sean Connery) lies dying from being shot. Indiana resorts to the grail book with decipherable clues and finds that in order for him to successfully cross this chasm, he would need to follow the clue “Only in the leap from the lion’s head will he prove his worth.” Indiana then tells himself, “Impossible, nobody can jump this.” while his dying father keeps muttering “You must believe, boy, you must believe.” Finally, Indiana realizes that this is a test of his faith … and a leap of faith is necessary. He takes the step out of the safety of the cliff end where he is standing and just as he is about to fall, he lands on a perfectly camouflaged rock bridge, that he uses to cross over.

Genesis 12:4 reads “So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.” Why did Abram depart from the land of Haran at the age of seventy five? Because, God told him to do so. Where was Abram going to go? Where God was going to show him. This speaks of Abram’s leap of faith; a leap into the safety and surety of God’s hand who was going to guide him. Abram had to depart … meaning he had to take steps out of the land where his father Terah had settled and died, which is Haran, to go where God was taking him.

Points to ponder:
Remember, faith without action (steps) is dead. When God is asking us to do something, we need to take a step of faith, out of the place where we have settled into the surety and safety of God’s hands. We need to depart, i.e., leave with a leap of faith, just as Abram did. Only in the leap into the Lion of Judah’s hand will we prove our worth.

Genesis 12:4 (KJV)
So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

What will you be remembered for?


Memorial day is celebrated annually, in the United States of America, on the 26th of January, in memory of the many men and women who served the country, with their lives. They are remembered for their life even though they are dead physically.

If you would allow me to indulge myself to take you on a fantasy journey, then, for a moment, pause from whatever you are doing, and imagine that you are at a funeral – your funeral. Your spirit has left your body and from the air you see the proceedings of your funeral. No one there is speaking about the “humongous” house you had, the “cool” car you drove, or the “big” bank balance. Each of the people who are sharing are sharing about your “life” and remembering you for the “legacy” you have left behind, not necessarily ‘for’, but ‘in’ someone.

Most of all you are remembered for the ‘selfless’ investments, you made in people’s life, the most significant of which is the one that matters for them, not only in this life, but the one that assures them of the one to come. Jesus said, “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”

Points to ponder:
Kingdoms come and kingdoms go, and through the word of God, we know – when all in life is done and past, only that which is done for Christ will last. Whoever shall lose his life for the name of Jesus Christ, shall find it, in this world and the one to come. This memorial day, think about it – What will you be remembered for?

Matthew 10:39 (KJV)
39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

God’s I Will


Genesis 12: 1-2 lists out three of God’s “I will” statements to Abram, which are:
I will show you (Genesis 12:1)
I will make you into a great nation (Genesis 12:2)
I will bless you and make your name great (Genesis 12:2).

Today, God’s three “I will” statements to you and me, who have believed in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, are the same.
God will show us … and we are asked to “O taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). i.e., the Salvation of God shown to us in and through Jesus, who is good.
God will make us … into a new nation, for whoever is in Christ Jesus, he is made a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17) … made into a holy nation, a peculiar people, who will sing forth the praises of him (1 Peter 2:9), who is a great God (Psalm 86:10).
God will bless us … for we are blessed in Jesus (John 20:29) and our names are made great by being engraved in the palm of his hands (Isaiah 49:16)

Points to ponder:
Have you tasted and seen the Salvation of the Lord in Jesus Christ?
Have you been made into a new creature, by believing in Jesus Christ?
Have you been blessed in Jesus Christ?

Genesis 12:1-2 (KJV)
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

Leave one tie for another


Genesis 12:1 records the edict of the LORD to Abram, wherein God asked Abram to leave his people (kindred) and his father’s house (family) to go to a place that God was going to show him. Genesis 12:3 ends with the words “and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

In these two verses, we can unearth a couple of invaluable hidden treasures …
First, God wants us to love him and obey his commands more than we love our own (people/family).
Second, God wants us to leave our earthly ties so that we can belong to the family of God and as children of God, we would be a blessing to many (many more than our own families and people). The greatest blessing of God to mankind, through the seed of Abraham is Jesus Christ, in whom all nations are blessed.

Points to ponder:
Ask any missionary who has left their own families, responding to the call and command of God, and you will find that their willingness to leave their own ties, so that they could belong to the family of God, brings with it many blessings, not only to themselves but to other families as well. All who believe in Jesus Christ are on a mission as missionaries on earth. Are you willing to leave earthy ties to be a blessing to many by pointing them to Jesus Christ, the greatest blessing above all to mankind? What is God asking you to leave today? How do you respond?

Genesis 12:1, 3 (KJV)
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.