Abram

The Starry Night by Van GoghIllustration:  “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh, 1889.  Oil on canvas.

“[God] brought [Abram] outside and said, ‘Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be’” (Genesis 15:5).

When Eve bore her first son, Cain, she must have been excited as she remembered God’s promise that her offspring would conquer Satan. Perhaps she thought God would use Cain to restore them to the Garden. She could hardly have been more wrong! Cain also listened to Satan’s whisper, killed his brother, and was cursed by God. Two thousand years passed before God reminded us, through Abram, of His promise to send Messiah.

For 2,000 years humankind had been living on the earth, growing in number and working hard for food. Then God announced that through Abram “all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). God chose Abram and his descendants, later known as the Jewish people, as the ones through whom Messiah would come. This nation would be enslaved and mistreated, but finally delivered to a land of her own.

This nation is a picture of Messiah, bruised yet victorious over sin.

Prayer: Dear God, thank You for sustaining us through pain and blessing us through Your Spirit. Thank You for the eternal suffering You have spared us through the suffering of Your Son, Jesus. Amen.

As We Wait: Life in Messiah Jesus is not free of pain. Yet, as we endure the hardship of this world, we are reminded of the promise that we, too, will be delivered, eternally blessed.

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