ADVENT STUDY: A Pivotal Turning Point in Our Redemptive Love Story. { DAY 3 }

ADVENT STUDY: A PIVOTAL TURNING POINT IN OUR REDEMPTIVE LOVE STORY. { DAY 3 }


Advent Study: He Is Faithful: The seed of Abraham

READ: Genesis 15:6; 12:1-3; 17:7; 22:18; Matthew 1:1, 3:2; Galatians 3:16

“And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteous.” {Genesis 15:6}

“I am going to bless you.” Just as the Lord blessed Abraham, He is blessing you!  Do you believe it?

“Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless, and him who dishonors curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” {Genesis 12:1-3}

The story of Abraham has always intrigued me.  I can relate to a life-long longing interrupted by the occasional, “You want me to do what, Lord?”

In short, the Lord comes alongside Abraham in his later years, his wife barren, and in the winter of his life the Lord promises him a son.  The very thing that he and his wife had longed for all their life but had all but given up on experiencing. This heir would not just be the son they had always wanted but the promise to make him “father to a multitude of nations” through this blessed son.  And then, once they receive this heir, a son. Isaac. The Lord asks Abraham to sacrifice this only son and the promised seed of the covenant.

Would God bless Abraham and Sarah with another heir? They were advanced in years when they had Isaac, how many chances to have another son could they have?  Could God still keep His promise if He takes is son, Isaac?

Is there anything you have prayed without ceasing for years, maybe decades, and still haven’t received? 

Abraham believed God.  He believed that even if the Lord took his son Isaac that He could still fulfill His promise to him.  In that moment he didn’t know how but he continued to believe God.

Often we can put all our stalk in one part of the promise and not look at the whole promise.   Isaac was one part of a three-fold promise with Abraham.

Within God’s covenant with Abraham, there are three promises.  The first is the promise of land. “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the Land that I will show you.”{Gen 12:1}. The second is the promised seed, the promise of posterity, of descendants. “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great,” {Gen 12:2}. And the third is a promise of blessing, the Lord will bless Abraham and all his descendants “and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed,” {Gen 12:3}.

God’s promise to Abraham wasn’t just the heir he had always wanted.  God’s promise was so much bigger.  And when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, He was asking him to take his grip from the only thing he ever wanted to grab hold of the much greater blessing God had for him.  Abraham had a faith to see God’s whole promise and not be fixed on a portion of the blessing.

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Abraham was counted as righteous because he believed God.  Plain and simple, he believed.  It wasn’t a laundry list of things done right,  in fact, the Word tells us that he wasn’t without sin, but it was his faith to say, “yes, Lord!.” No matter what the ask, that pleased the Lord.  It wasn’t an obedience rooted in works and self-reliance but an obedience from the overflow of a believing heart.

To see past the things that are happening around us and believe God anyway isn’t always easy.  In fact, it can be darn right hard sometimes.  What we experience has both a physical and circumstantial effect on our lives but believing God above it all has a supernatural internal heart effect that supersedes all the rest and blesses us with a bounty of spiritual blessings.

The Covenant between God and Abraham wasn’t just a covenant in the list of promises between God and man, it was a pivotal turning point in our redemptive love story.   As Brian Dembowczyk writes in the Gospel Project, “In this one divine covenant, God promised that He was forming a people (seed), which would be part of His kingdom (land), by salvation (blessing). And Jesus is at the core of this three-fold promise.  That is why His first recorded words of ministry were “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” In other words, trust in Me (blessing), because I am your King (seed) who has arrived in His kingdom (land).”  

“Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.” {Matthew 3:2}

In this bold statement, Jesus was proclaiming his faithful role in the fulfillment of all the covenants.  Not just the Abrahamic but even the Mosaic and Noahic.

God’s promise to Abraham was the beginning of a much bigger promise that had an outward stretch over all the world.  It’s a promise to all who believe. It’s a promise for you and me. And it’s a promise that the Lord is our God and we are His people, forever! A promise to always fight for us and on our behalf.  And a promise that all the Lord’s Kingdom blessings are ours.  “For all things are yours and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God.” {1 Cor 3:21-23}.

May your heart be encouraged by the Lord’s promise to you today to believe Him more and trust His Word wholeheartedly for your whole life today!

Believe it! Trust it! Live it!

REFLECT:
  • What can you learn from the faith of Abraham?
  • Recall a time when you stepped out in faith and believed God even when it didn’t look like God was going to be faithful to you? What did you learn?
  • This advent study is about the faithfulness of God to do all He promises, how are you encouraged to see the faithfulness of God throughout the OT to the NT?
PRAYER:

Lord, you are good!  You are good to us and you are so faithful to do all you promise in your Word.  Thank you, Lord that you are a God who keeps His Word.  That we can come to you knowing that you will always do what you say you will do!  Lord, fill us with the confidence in faith to believe you for more of our lives today.  Allow your Word and the life of Abraham to encourage our hearts to trust you more today! Amen.

BethAnn Foro
BethAnn Foro
Howdy, I'm BethAnn! Founder, Author, Bible Teacher, & Chief Visionary at She Believes Ministries. I love to gather and encourage women everywhere to lean into Jesus and simply BELIEVE HIM! Not just believe in God but truly believe all of Him for our whole life! I'm so happy you are here at SHE BELIEVES, I hope you find encouragement and deep refreshment for your soul through the online pages and faith-based resources at SHE BELIEVES MINISTRIES!

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