Tuesday, April 25, 2006
The Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”
This is one of my favorite passages in Genesis. Two reasons:
First, I use it as a reminder that God’s priority for me as a husband and someday father is to teach my family righteousness and justice. This is similar to Ephesians 5 which exhorts husbands, “Love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her, that she might be holy…”
Second, this passage contains an important, and perhaps overlooked, truth concerning God’s promises. If you parse this passage carefully, you’ll notice that God plans to bring his promises to pass as a result of Abraham’s actions: “I have chosen him, that he may command his children…so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”
While not all God’s promises result from our actions, some do. God not only works outside us to bring his promises to pass, he works inside us. Those whom he chooses, he changes. And he changes us in order that we might not only inherit his blessings, but enjoy them.
Posted by Ken at 9:40 PM