People of faith make God’s Word part of their thought process 24/7, integrate it into their very being and share it with those around them.
At Bethel, God not only confirmed Jacob’s name change to Israel, He reiterated and connected the covenantal blessing to all of Jacob-Israel’s descendants—“the children of Israel.”
While the uniqueness of the situation cannot be overstated, his new name, Israel, is a powerful testimony of Jacob’s character, influence and struggle with God.
May God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may be an assembly of peoples; and give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and your descendants with you, that you may inherit the land in which you are a stranger, which God gave to Abraham.
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac . . . concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead . . .
“Do not be afraid, Abram. I AM your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” And he [Abram] believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. Is not the whole land before you?
Abram demonstrates that he had learned confidence to live the life of faith and eagerly anticipate God’s unfolding plan.
Living the life of faith begins with practice that leads to experience and inevitably a few scrapes and bruises in the process
As Abram’s relationship with God developed over time, Abram learned to trust God even in the most seemingly impossible situations.
“So shall your descendants be.” And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
You are the Lord God, Who chose Abram, and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans . . .
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
For indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown. I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bear young; I will make you inhabited as in former times, and do better for you than at your beginnings. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.
It’s natural for Christians to project their own cultural experience into the context of Scripture. But, our concept of an hour-long formal church service followed by light refreshments—does not do justice to Solomon’s dedicatory celebration.