Jacob may not have been as unrighteous a swindler as we’ve often thought. The birthright was his by the fact God chose him and yet his Dad favoured the stronger and more naturally impressive older brother. We, like Isaac, often judge according to the flesh and yet God’s choice is in fact his best ‘trick’. … Continue reading “The Choice and the Trick”
God is able to reconcile warring and hostile people in dramatic and unexpected ways. To the no hopers and the written offs, God speaks life and joy. Ultimately we are the irreconcilable ones who’ve been shown favour and found peace with God by his reconciling nature.
God tests Abraham’s faith whilst also promising to provide the ultimate sacrificial lamb in Jesus..
God isn’t content to leave us in our sin, he’s committed to our rescue and provides for us time and again. God is determined to see us grow, determined to see us blessed and freed from the power of death.
When the promises of God became seemingly impossible, Abram and Sarai tried to engineer a result themselves. But our freedom and fruitfulness relies entirely on faith in God’s grace and kindness.
Looking at Genesis 16 & 21: Hagar was an outsider, cast away from the family. But still God saw her, chose her, made provisions and promised to be with her. He rescued her son from death and made incredible plans for his future.
Faith, favour, inclusion and blessing occurs not because of our best efforts but because of his kindness. Where the world would tell us to work hard and earn our rewards, grace doesn’t wait for us to get our life together.
Poor choices and bad circumstances can lead us into difficulty. Family breakdown and personal isolation often occur but God doesn’t leave us there. God is committed to us as a father to a son and won’t let us go.
God blesses the world by choosing one people from all the peoples and making them the carriers of the promise and the power needed to redeem the world.