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Pastor’s Note

May we learn to wait on God and avoid the shortcuts that so often tempt God’s people. Praying that today we might leave our time in God’s word with a confidence that, “God knows how to give good gifts to those who ask him” (Mt.7:11) and that we need not cut ethical corners to “help him out.”

— Pastor Mike

Genesis 20-22

Abraham and Abimelech

20:1 From there Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb and lived between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar. And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.” Now Abimelech had not approached her. So he said, “Lord, will you kill an innocent people? Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.” Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not let you touch her. Now then, return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, so that he will pray for you, and you shall live. But if you do not return her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.”

So Abimelech rose early in the morning and called all his servants and told them all these things. And the men were very much afraid. Then Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? And how have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and my kingdom a great sin? You have done to me things that ought not to be done.” 10 And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What did you see, that you did this thing?” 11 Abraham said, “I did it because I thought, There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife. 12 Besides, she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father though not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife. 13 And when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, I said to her, ‘This is the kindness you must do me: at every place to which we come, say of me, He is my brother.’”

14 Then Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and male servants and female servants, and gave them to Abraham, and returned Sarah his wife to him. 15 And Abimelech said, “Behold, my land is before you; dwell where it pleases you.” 16 To Sarah he said, “Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver. It is a sign of your innocence in the eyes of all [1] who are with you, and before everyone you are vindicated.” 17 Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, and also healed his wife and female slaves so that they bore children. 18 For the Lord had closed all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.

The Birth of Isaac

21:1 The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac. [2] And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.” And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

God Protects Hagar and Ishmael

And the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, laughing. [3] 10 So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son, for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac.” 11 And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son. 12 But God said to Abraham, “Be not displeased because of the boy and because of your slave woman. Whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your offspring be named. 13 And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.” 14 So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.

15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the child under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot, for she said, “Let me not look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. 17 And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. 18 Up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” 19 Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. 20 And God was with the boy, and he grew up. He lived in the wilderness and became an expert with the bow. 21 He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

A Treaty with Abimelech

22 At that time Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his army said to Abraham, “God is with you in all that you do. 23 Now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my descendants or with my posterity, but as I have dealt kindly with you, so you will deal with me and with the land where you have sojourned.” 24 And Abraham said, “I will swear.”

25 When Abraham reproved Abimelech about a well of water that Abimelech’s servants had seized, 26 Abimelech said, “I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, and I have not heard of it until today.” 27 So Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two men made a covenant. 28 Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock apart. 29 And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs that you have set apart?” 30 He said, “These seven ewe lambs you will take from my hand, that this [4] may be a witness for me that I dug this well.” 31 Therefore that place was called Beersheba, [5] because there both of them swore an oath. 32 So they made a covenant at Beersheba. Then Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his army rose up and returned to the land of the Philistines. 33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and called there on the name of the Lord, the Everlasting God. 34 And Abraham sojourned many days in the land of the Philistines.

The Sacrifice of Isaac

22:1 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy [6] will go over there and worship and come again to you.” And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here am I, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.

When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; [7] as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” [8]

15 And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16 and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his [9] enemies, 18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” 19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba. And Abraham lived at Beersheba.

20 Now after these things it was told to Abraham, “Behold, Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor: 21 Uz his firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father of Aram, 22 Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.” 23 (Bethuel fathered Rebekah.) These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham’s brother. 24 Moreover, his concubine, whose name was Reumah, bore Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.

Matthew 7

Judging Others

7:1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

Ask, and It Will Be Given

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

The Golden Rule

12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy [10] that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

A Tree and Its Fruit

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

I Never Knew You

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Build Your House on the Rock

24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

The Authority of Jesus

28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

Footnotes

[1] 20:16 Hebrew It is a covering of eyes for all
[2] 21:3 Isaac means he laughs
[3] 21:9 Possibly laughing in mockery
[4] 21:30 Or you
[5] 21:31 Beersheba means well of seven or well of the oath
[6] 22:5 Or young man; also verse 12
[7] 22:14 Or will see
[8] 22:14 Or he will be seen
[9] 22:17 Or their
[10] 7:13 Some manuscripts For the way is wide and easy

 

  • Sam Funk

    Gen 20:18 For the Lord had closed all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.

    God is in control of way more things than people give him credit for. Be very grateful to God if you have repented and put your trust in Christ, because you didn’t do it.

    Gen 21:20 And God was with the boy, and he grew up. He lived in the wilderness and became an expert with the bow. 21 He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

    Hagar was from Egypt and so was his wife. So the descendants of Abraham’s son Ishmael were initially of Egyptian heritage. And being cast out by Abraham didn’t help in the relations department.

    Gen 22:13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.

    Notice that God did not have to tell Abraham to offer the ram as a substitute for his son. It wasn’t the first time animal offerings were made nor would it be the last.

    Matt 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

    I pray that more people read these verses and take them to heart. As Abraham told Amimilech, there is no fear of God in this place, our world is filled with people who don’t fear God might change their heart if they realized what is to come.

    • CheriClark

      Yes- may we have a high view of God and worship Him.

  • Alyssa Cuccia

    “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12

    It is hard to get past this verse without feeling convicted. There are so many times when I don’t do to others what I would want them to do to me. It is my prayer today that my mind would be flooded more often with the question, “how would I want to be treated?” and then to treat others exactly in this way. Thank you, God, for your living and active word that teaches, rebukes, and corrects us in our wrongdoing.

    • CheriClark

      Yes may we love as Jesus did – sacrificially.

  • Anne Ventura

    Mt. 7:21

    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

    Father this I know, that having genuine intimacy with you, means knowing you and being known by you. May I be faithful to this each and every day. Praying Lord that I will be rock solid in you as my upmost authority.

    • CheriClark

      “Praying Lord that I will be rock solid in you as my upmost authority.” – Yes!

  • CheriClark

    OT
    Gen 22:7-8 7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here am I, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.

    Then: The story of Abraham offering his son Isaac as a sacrifice to God is a familiar one. But it is so rich. By faith (Hebrews 11) Abraham obeyed. He didn’t hesitate. He gathered the wood, loaded the donkeys and made the steps necessary to do what God commanded. He had to travel three days to get to the site. Can you imagine the heaviness of his heart for those three days? He places his son on the altar and lifts the knife to slaughter Isaac.

    Always: We as believers are to obey God by faith.

    Now: Have you ever thought of this from Isaac’s viewpoint? I have. And I am amazed. Isaac has traveled the two days with his father to get to this place. He sees the wood and the fire. He knows they are going there to give a sacrifice. So he asks where is the lamb. He must know the promises given to his father. Abraham must have surely shared those with him. He must know that God has said that through Abraham and then through him that there are promises that God has given. His father binds him and sets him on the altar. He is young. His father is old. He could have fought – he could have run away – but he didn’t. He must have an idea of what is about to happen. It is fairly obvious. He could have resisted. But he didn’t. By faith. Isaac shared in the faith of his father. He trusted his father and he trusted God. He could not understand it all – as Abraham did not either- but He knew His God. By faith he participated in Abraham’s offering. Not knowing what was to come and when it surely looked like all would end he followed God’s plan. Do we step out in faith not knowing what is to come? Do we trust in God for the outcomes when life seems to be following an unwelcome path? To we trust that God will provide for us when there seems to be no way out? And even if God requires the ultimate sacrifice are we willing to follow God’s path? By faith.

    NT
    Matt 7:16-17 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.

    Then: Jesus continues the teaching of His disciples by explaining that they will know people by their fruit. The false prophets will be known by their fruit. And trees that give bad fruit are only good to be thrown into the fire.

    Always: We are to be known by our fruit.

    Now: We are to be known by our fruit. If we are believers that fruit should reflect God and the things of His Kingdom. Do others see your love for Jesus? Do others see your obedience to His Word? Are you known as a child of God? There is an old saying that if you were arrested for being a believer is there enough evidence to convict you? Is there?

    • Anne Ventura

      Yes, I think about Isaac every time I read this scripture!!!

  • Karen Chien

    OT 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; [7] as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” [8]

    THEN: Abraham was called to take Isaac to Mt. Moriah to make a sacrifice, sacrifice of his only son. By faith, Abraham obeyed God but God stopped Him from sacrificing hots son because He saw Abraham’s while hearted faithfulness to Him. And instead provided an animal to sacrifice on the altar.

    ALWAYS: God is faithful and will provide to those who seek His will and live a life of obedience, according to His will.

    Now : I often think what am I to sacrifice on a daily basis in order to live a life of obedience? Am I being faithful in my choices and knowing that He will provide in His time and not my own timing? Often times I do need to lay aside my own comforts, my preferences, my wants and desires so that I can be a better help mate to my husband ; so thst I can put the needs of my children before mine, or to serve others to minister them before my self. And it’s not easy but because of Christ, I can do all things through Him who strengthens me!

    NT 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

    If people are truly followers of Christ, then the result would be to follow Him. And by following Him, it would mean to study His word, to pray for His will to be done and to be obedient to do what He’s asked. People who are just calling themselves to be following Christ but not living out a life of obedience to Him is just being a hypocrite. Such a good reminder to evaluate my life before the Lord to examine my motives before the Lord and to make sure no other idols creep into my life to prevent me from living a life of complete obedience to Him.

    • CheriClark

      Yes- He is our provider – of our greatest need and in the daily needs.

  • NonieS

    Genesis 16

    9 When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.

    I cannot imagine ever putting my child on an altar to kill. Abraham trusted God and did as God asked, and God blessed him for it. There will be other things that God will ask of us, and we must be obedient.
    You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. – Matthew 7:5

    This is not telling us that we cannot judge; but that we need to make sure that that we have examined ourself. We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. We must confess our sins and make sure that we are judging with a Godly interest in helping the other person to see their sin. Maranatha!

    • CheriClark

      Yes, there is a distinction, isn’t there?

  • Beth Metcalf

    Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together. Gen.22:8 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” Gen. 22:8 -13-14 (Thank you God for our provision you made for us. The perfect Holy Lamb of God! May my Life and service to you be pleasing in your sight.)

    • CheriClark

      Yes- He provides for our greatest need.

  • RyanDamato

    Genesis 20-22-
    chapter 20- (same situation a second time)
    2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
    Genesis 22-
    5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.”
    8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.

    When God chose Abram (to eventually become Abraham) he chose a man that could lead but he really wanted to do it his way. He had faith, but not right away. He would prove through the written accounts that the depth of his trust and understanding was more played out his way than God’s, until God got proved his faithfulness to Abraham through the fulfilled promise of Isaac. At this point, his faith was counted to him as righteousness. As God continues to use Abraham’s life, it’s for the purpose of model and example. Abraham with his son is direct comparison to the eventual sacrifice of God’s one and only son, but the difference was that Abraham’s trust was being tested.
    The verses that were highlighted shows some major shortcomings in Abrahams truthful responses. First, he continues to go into areas and present Sarah as his sister rather than his wife. While there is truth to that statement in his family, the real truth is there is marriage unity there. Next, He was specifically told to take and sacrifice his son, which would mean leaving him at the altar on the mountain but instead, he says they will return. Lastly, his son asks him where the sacrifice is and Abraham avoids the depth of the command by releasing a statement that doesn’t answer the question with all of his understood knowledge.
    Okay, there is some understanding to the last verse and reason for the pointing it out but the truth is, we do this same sort of thing today. We avoid the real truth in fear of losing what is laid out before us. We tend to word things and act upon things with a manipulative attempt rather than dealing with a difficult situation at hand. The need for Christians is to speak truth, as commanded over and over in scripture and to trust the fact that God can do more with the truth than we can do with a lie.
    The easy way is always the more tempting way to communicate things. The easy way is often times escaping the truth and filling that gap with something “that works” where I think no one will be hurt. I pray that God will work into my daily resolutions to be honest and forthright with every conversation and answer that I need to give. I pray that he uses the truth in my life even when I think the truth will make a situation more difficult.

    Matthew 7-
    24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

    The words of Jesus is founded on the diligence and discipline of knowing God in a deeper and increasing way.
    When situations arise and we are being tempted, we need to be ready to think first of scripture in it’s correct context and to know that what we are going through has an answer and has a God who is in full control of all we go through. If we can’t quickly reference passages that apply, then we need to do a better job building the foundation so we’re ready for the storm.
    In all honesty, this DBR and the commenting on it has been the most valuable thing in my deeper knowledge of God. I’ve read scripture so often in the past but wouldn’t necessarily take the time to write down my thoughts or post them to a forum. This is such a great discipline that teaches me how to think through the things God is revealing to me and helps me to quickly reference it the more I get to know it. I pray that this continues to grow both on my end as well as the others who post their comments as I am able to learn and grow from those as well.

    • CheriClark

      I agree – the daily reading of the DBR and then pondering it so I can comment on it makes me go to a deeper level. I can’t just read to get through it. I am thinking about what is said.

  • Stephanie Schwartz

    Matthew 7:3
    Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

    Why? Hmm… probably because I am “looking at” my brother/sister more often than I look at myself. I see myself in the mirror of God’s word (James 1:22-24). Lord, help me to make the changes you want when I look into your mirror, and help me to look in it often! I don’t want you to view me as a hypocrite, who is proficient in taking specks out of the eyes of others, while allowing a log to remain in mine.

    • CheriClark

      Yes, may we seek to be right before our Lord.

    • Anne Ventura

      Great Stephanie!! We have a friend (80) who told us that every time he was in trouble growing up, his father would stand him in front of the bathroom mirror and say to him, what do you see and he would say me and then his father would say, yes, and you are seeing the author of all your problems. Think before you write each sentence of your life. Be Wise. May I be wise in the mirror of God’s word.

  • Sadie-Megin Daniels

    Gen. 22:14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

    Thank You, God, that You did provide a sacrifice in the Person of Your dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ!

    • CheriClark

      Yes!

  • Tracy Libby

    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
    On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’
    And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

  • CrisFrancisco

    Daily Bible Reading for January 8, 2017

    OT

    8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together. (‭Genesis‬ ‭22‬:‭8‬ ESV) 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” (‭Genesis‬ ‭22‬:‭14‬ ESV)
    Until today, when I thought of God as my provider, I didn’t focus much on the greatest provision that he made for us:

    For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, ESV)
    Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord will provide, provides for our salvation by providing a righteous substitute for us in the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Thank you Lord!

    NT

    21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (‭Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭21‬ ESV)
    This is a scary situation to be a person who thinks he is right with God, but he is not. We need to make sure that we are right with God and make sure to tell others about the gospel.

    • CheriClark

      Grateful that He is our provider.

  • Amy Smith

    OT: Thinking about the ordeal with Abimelech, Praise God that His mercies are new every morning, great is His faithfulness! That He never leaves or forsakes us no matter how much we mess up…and for His protection over us even in the mist of our foolish choices! And praise Him for the assurance of salvation He gives us here on earth! What a loving and faithful Father. Great reminder for us as parents.

    Regarding God’s protection and His timing, I was thinking about the timing between Abraham’s “visitors” and his being told that Sarah would have a son “by that time next year.” And I believe these chapters are chronological. So after that, God saved Lot. And then Sarah was taken by Abimelech, being returned (after how long? Would it have take a month for them to realize that wombs had been closed?) to Abraham and her conceiving with no doubt that the child was Abraham’s. And then Isaac was born – all within that year! Whoa! What a year! Just something I never though about before. Praying the Lord helps us all to have an increased faith and trust in Him!

    NT: So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. – Matthew 7:17
    Lord, help us to flourish in bearing good fruit like never before as we ask for, seek and find in prayer and the Word your wisdom to guide us through every moment of each day that you give us, with the ever present reminder that any day could be our last on earth as we know it. Help us not to waste any of the time you have so graciously given us!

    • CheriClark

      Yes- I desire to bear good fruit for the Lord.

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