Read Genesis 13
Abram and Lot separate. How would it feel to have to separate from the one who was your only family? Abram was Lot’s uncle but having Lot around probably comforted Abram a little and God comes to him to help him remember the promise made to him.
“Look from the place where you are. Look north and south, east and west, for I will give you and your offspring forever all the land that you see. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if one could count the dust of the earth, then your offspring could be counted. Get up and walk from one end of the land to the other, for I will give it to you” (13:14-17, HCSB).
Abram gives Lot the option for where he wanted to go. At this point, these two had to separate because the land could not feed and water both of their flocks and peoples. However, we see God reassure Abram that His promise was still there and could be trusted.
I thank God that He reassures us. So many times I have felt that I was following His path and a setback would come, and He is so faithful to reassure me and send me a sign. God loves for those who believe in Him to test him. Now, the Bible says “to not put the Lord your God to the test” but that is a test from lack of faith, a test out of true faith such as “Help my unbelief”, “show me a sign, Lord”, “test Him with your tithe” are all times in the Bible when the Lord has provided reassurance. The Lord makes sure that Abram is reassured that the promise still stands.
Read Genesis 14
Okay, since Lot separated from Abram, he took the most nourished land near Sodom. However, the kings in that area are battling, and Lot gets caught up in it. Abram chooses to save his nephew. Abram with the Lord’s protection triumphs. After Abram wins, he attracts the attention of two men the king of Sodom and Melchizedek, the king of Salem.
Melchizedek was a priest to “God Most High,” that term (‘el ‘elyon) shows that it is the one true God because it is referring to God’s strength and sovereignty. This reminds me that even though God is using one man to make one nation to be a clear example… Abram is not the only one following the True God. I believe, Melchizedek is a person who typified Christ. He brings bread and wine and praises God for His creation and praises God for victory. Abram then gives him a tenth of everything he has. However, then the king of Sodom tries to give Abram something, but Abraham refuses because unlike Melchizedek the king of Sodom would have taken credit for something that belongs to God alone. It makes me be reminded that some people will not glorify God if we bless them… some will do the opposite, and we should not let them.
Read Genesis 15
The heir to Abram was Eliezer of Damascus; it was a common practice for the servant of the house to become an heir if the master did not have children. In that day, having an heir meant more than it does now. It was the handling of everything you owned and everything you become. It was assuring the next generation was taken care of and could survive. However, again, God assures Abram that His promise is true that he would indeed have a son and that he would be made into a great nation. However, God also tells him about a time when his offspring would be slaves for 400 years (Egypt which led to the Exodus), but they would come out of it. God’s promise and information came to pass.
Read Genesis 16
In my new study, ‘#Wanted by the Most High,’ in chapter 5 we discuss Hagar and Ishmael. Sarai wanted to give Abram an heir so bad that she took things into her own hands to get it. Moreover, then became bitter and jealous when it did happen. However, Hagar was a bit disrespectful to her too.
Infertility really hurts. I have not had the problem of getting pregnant, but we have had six miscarriages and lost Jonathan at four days old (born at 24 weeks), so staying pregnant is challenging for us. I do not like it when people try to say one is worse than the other. I think they both suck! However, infertility, hurts women deeply and then some go to extremes to have a baby, similar to Sarai and Hagar. However, Hagar runs away after Sarai mistreats her.
Why would the Angel of the Lord, who is noted as “seeing her”, why would He tell her to go back? I think it is because Christ does not ask us to run away from prosecution. However, to face our problem, our attacker, to face the one jealous of us. Hagar was called to go back and serve Sarai. The way of the cross is to serve those who put you on the cross.
Read Genesis 17
13 years of silence from God and then Abram is told to show the sign of the covenant through circumcision. Before the command to circumcise comes the change of Abram’s name to Abraham. The directions are given for the sign of the covenant and then the Lord changes Sarai’s name to Sarah. Sarah would be blessed with a son. Here, Abraham laughs, and I believe his laugh is out of true joy for a son coming. However, Abraham is worried for Ishmael. However, God promises Ishmael would become great as well.
What are they ways that God is showing you and reassuring you of His promises in your life?
Are you being like Sarai and trying to force His promise or do you trust Him to let Him work in His own time and own way?
Unlike Abraham, the Holy Spirit mark us now as a sign of the new covenant. Are you following Him?
The Blessing and the Blesser are worth the wait.