Saturday, September 16, 2017

eschatology, Obedience and Success (Gen.13-14)

God reminds Abram of His promise regarding the land and seed, and the promise is firm - that that land will be the Israelites' land - FOREVER!!!  A contract is conditional, but a covenant is unconditional;  so when God says that there will be descendants and that the land is Abram's forever, nothing can undo that...

(Genesis 13:14-18)  The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; 15 for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever. 16 I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered.  17 Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you.” 18 Then Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord.

We see that Abram chose to worship God and be obedient.  Soon after, we see an example of Abram's success due to his obedience to God...

(Genesis 14:14-24)  When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he led out his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15 He divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. 16 He brought back all the goods, and also brought back his relative Lot with his possessions, and also the women, and the people.
17 Then after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High. 19 He blessed him and said,
“Blessed be Abram of God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
He gave him a tenth of all. 21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give the people to me and take the goods for yourself.” 22 Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have sworn to the Lord God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that I will not take a thread or a sandal thong or anything that is yours, for fear you would say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ 24 I will take nothing except what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their share.”

Interesting that Melchizedek king of Salem could recognize God working in this scenario, and that Abram was with God.  Exactly how God intended:  Abram obeyed!  God delivered!  Testimony to the world!  If only we could be consistent!

Today's takeaway:  recently I had a discussion with someone on leadership and the frustrations which come about when you give someone expert advice - they listen - and then they do the opposite, and then wonder why things aren't going the way they should.  This can happen at home, school, work, life...  One simply has to admire and appreciate God's patience with us!!!  But that's not enough.  I want to trust God in everything, and put into practice everything He says.  Trusting God requires obedience (following the advice).  Just like with faith - there will be "works".

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