January 15, Reading 1 – Genesis 20, 21

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SAA Notes

Whenever Abraham gives in to his fears, his life too, like Lot’s, spirals downwards. The Lord chastises Abraham as well as Abimelech. Verse 21:1 tells us that grace is the motivating force behind the promise of God and its fulfilment.

SJA Notes

“Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac.”

Here is a child of promise! Many long years had passed since God promised Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the sand on the shore. It was a year previous that the LORD Himself had appeared and re-affirmed His promise of a child born of Abraham and Sarah.

And now here we are, a child of promise is born!

It comes in a passage with folly before and after. But here in the middle, in a paragraph, is a strong witness to God’s grace and mercy.

And we can, as with all of God’s word; we can read with a future eye on Jesus, the majesty and visible glory of God, a baby of promise born into this world.

Praise God for His faithfulness to His promises!

* Father God,

Thank You for Your promises to us, strong and steady, sure and steadfast.

Thank You that You keep Your promises.

Thank You for Jesus, the promised one, Messiah who saves us from sin and death.

And thank You for Your promises of the life after this one, eternal life in glory with You.

What a hope we have in You!

Amen.

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