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Good morning GPC! I just finished this morning’s reading in our 3YD journey through the Bible. Today is Day 2 of Week 10 and the passage is Genesis 25:1-18. While reading passages like this with not many facts to move the story along, but with many names that are hard to pronounce and with little personal detail … it is tempting to see this passage as not as helpful in our personal Spiritual journey and just a ‘warm up’ to what is coming later.
However, before moving on tomorrow to the next reading, one thing that stood out to me was how the death of Abraham (who God renamed ‘Father of many nations’) is framed before and after by genealogies. Before his death are listed names of Abraham’s six sons by his wife Keturah (v1-4) and following his death come the names of Ishmael’s twelve sons (v12-18).
These genealogies reflect God’s faithfulness to the promise that God gave to Abraham for many offspring. For God told him “I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth” (Gen 13:16) and “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them … So shall your offspring be” (Gen 15:5) and “I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations” (Gen 17:6).
By book-ending Abraham's death with genealogical lists, the passage demonstrates God's faithfulness to his promises of many descendants...and this can give us hope today. When God gave those promises to Abraham they seemed beyond far fetched. Now as we see what God did during and after Abraham’s life, we see that God is faithful to his word. And when Abraham died, not all of the promises that were given to him came to fruition . (He was still a ‘foreigner’ in the land that God promised him and his lineage was still not what it will become.) Back then, God is faithful but also on His own timetable.
Remember that God’s will has a what … and a when. When things are not moving as fast as we would like, lets reflect on the fact that we are in good company. Abraham and Sarah had their tests of trust too. Let's give thanks to God for His faithfulness! Today, let us choose to trust Him for what has not yet been completed.
And may we remember that our life isn’t just about us...it's about Him and trusting Him as His story continues.