In Genesis 12, the Lord called Abram to leave his home, his relatives and his father's house and journey to a land the Lord would show him. The promise of God was to make Abram a great nation; to make his name great; to bless the nations of the earth through his seed.
By faith Abram stepped out, leaving it all behind; with one notable exception. Abram took with with him Lot, the son of his late brother, Haran. Many have commented on the wisdom of this decision, and that is still a topic of much discussion.
But in Genesis 14, we see Lot now in a situation requiring rescue. The kings around the Salt Sea rebelled against their oppressors whom they had served for 12 years. This included Sodom where Lot had taken up residence. And when the dust settled, Sodom was again defeated and Lot now a prisoner.
Upon hearing of his capture, Abram musters his forces and mounts a rescue mission. As we enter into the events of Genesis 14, we get a picture of another, greater, rescue mission. Surely Lot's choices put him into his predicament and as such did not deserve rescue. Likewise, we in our sin, by our own decisions have been led captive by a much greater enemy. But God in His mercy launched a rescue mission, sending His own Son to seek and to save that which was lost.
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God's redemptive plan is seen throughout all of Scripture. From the very beginning in Genesis 3, when God promises the seed of the woman who would crush the serpent's head, the Bible is a history of God redeeming fallen man.
In today's lesson, we see how the life of Abraham fits into God's plan. From Genesis 12 and the call of Abram, we will see the sovereign will of God, the faithful response of Abraham and God's marvelous grace on display as Abram stumbles on his faith journey.
When the apostle Paul met the risen Lord on the road to Damascus, the Lord said of him, "he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel...I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake." Certainly this was the life Paul led as an ambassador for Christ. As he wrote to the church in Corinth, he had been imprisoned, beaten times without number, received the thirty-nine lashes from the Jews five times, stoned, shipwrecked three times, and the list goes on. But despite the constant threat of suffering, Paul eagerly served the Lord without fail.
Knowing the road that lay ahead of him, Paul eagerly took up the stewardship of suffering given him in his service for Christ. But what could possibly motivate someone to take up such a mission? And how can we apply this to our lives today.
In today's lesson from 2 Corinthians 5, we get a glimpse into Paul's motivation for service. May you be blessed as you listen to it and meditate upon God's Word.
Watch a group of boys on the playground organizing a football game and you will notice that often times, they all want to be the quarterback. The quarterback is seen as the star of the team; the most essential player on the team without whom the team would fall apart.
A similar situation was occurring in the church in Corinth. Certain members of that church focused upon one or two gifts which were esteemed as more spiritual. To possess these spiritual gifts meant you had a closer, more intimate walk with God. Not unlike those boys on the playground.
But as Paul addressed this church, he admonished them for this thinking. Instead noting that by the Holy Spirit and the working of the Lord Jesus and the power of God, all believers are gifted are equally necessary members of the body of Christ.
May this lesson in 1 Corinthians 12 encourage and bless you. Thank you for listening.