Today’s reading Genesis 20 -22 –
In the comments for today we will just look at one topic rather than doing a survey of the whole days reading.
Let’s look in chapter 21. Wouldn’t it be nice to receive a visit from the LORD? It would thrill a heart and melt hearts of stone; at least some hearts of stone. At any rate Sarah was visited by the LORD and she conceived and had the promised son, Isaac; meaning laughter.
Do we not realize, first of all that we are visited by God everyday. Those who are in Christ Jesus have His Spirit within. Jesus is the incarnate God, Immanuel, meaning, God with us. That is, God come down to men, as a man; yet He had no sin.
When Isaac was born Ishmael was about fourteen years of age, yet he was an aggravation to Isaac; maybe the word should be “Bully” (v. 9). There is a good allegory here of the battle that rages between the born of God people, and the born of the flesh people.
Paul tells us of this in the Galation letter,
“For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.” Galations 4:22-25 (KJV)
“Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.” Galations 4:28-31 (KJV)
Again and again in Scripture we are given assurance of the power of God to keep His promise. He promised Abraham and Sarah a son, that son [Isaac] was to be the beginning of fulfillment of God’s promise of the Messiah, Savior, Lord, Redeemer who would come to give His life for the sins of the world; mine and yours. And His name is Jesus.
READING FOR JANUARY 08 Genesis 23 – 24
Glorify the LORD in your life.