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January 10 - Evening

"Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had
said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a
son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time
God had promised him.
 Abraham gave the name
Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
 When his son
Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him,
 as God commanded him.
 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him."

- Genesis 21:1-5

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Abraham Responds to God’s Blessing with Obedient Action


The text focuses on God's faithfulness to his word by making three statements:

- "Now the Lord was he had said."
- "The Lord did for Sarah what he had promised."
- " the very time God had promised him."

Abraham and Sarah had waited twenty-five years for this promise to be fulfilled, but God had been gracious, faithful and on time throughout the entire twenty-five years.

Abraham responds with two acts of obedience: He names his son Isaac as the Lord had commanded in Genesis 17:19 and Abraham circumcised his son Isaac on the eighth day as God commanded in Genesis 17:10-11.

The name was given to the boy before he was even conceived. The given name of Isaac means "he laughs." We wonder who "he" is that laughs? Is it Abraham whose faith and patience has finally come to fruition? It doesn't seem so in the text since Abraham's emotions are not even mentioned. Only his quick and accurate obedience is documented. Surely, Abraham felt joy, but the anticipation of the future and his immediate responsibilities caused Abraham to set celebration aside and focus on the mission, which was: (1) naming the son, and, (2) circumcising the son. Abraham was more focused on being obedient with the blessing than rejoicing in the blessing. Abraham knew the blessing came with a purpose and that purpose gave the blessing meaning. Possibly, for Abraham the joy was demonstrated in performing purposeful obedience with the blessing God had given him.

After all, the text says, "Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him." Abraham had seen enough to know that this is a time for action and obedience. This is the moment Abraham had been waiting for. This is the result of 25 years of standing in faith and trusting God. It is now finally time for Abraham to put his faith into obedient action concerning his heir and his nation's future.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found by others."
- Blaise Pascal
Something to Ponder??

"Why twelve? Why not eight? Why not twenty-four? The number twelve was filled with symbolic importance. There were twelve tribes in Israel. But Israel was apostate.
The Judaism of Jesus’ time represented a corruption of the faith of the Old Testament ...The twelve apostles symbolized judgment against the twelve tribes of
Old Testament Israel."
- John MacArthur

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Hupakouo (Gr) - Obey (Eng) - hupakouo is a Greek verb made up of two words: hupo which
means “under” and akouo which means “hear” and “listen.” This compound word means “under hearing,” and speaks of first being under the authority of the person and the words that are spoken, and, then, second, it means “obey.” Children, servants, employees are hupakouo, or under
authority of someone. All people are in this sense to “obey”, or hupakouo, the Word of God.


Lazarus’ tomb today is located outside of Bethany
in an area where other first century tombs are located. This exact tomb was known by the early church and honored up to the days of Eusebius when he wrote about the site in 330 AD. In 333 the Bordeaux Pilgrim recorded having seen the crypt (sepulcher) where Lazarus had been laid. Jerome writes in 390 about the church that stood at this site. The remains of this church can still be seen today along with portions of the first century tomb of Lazarus. (Details Here)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
There is a time to be obedient and wait on God.
But, there is a time to be obedient and act decisively with the blessing we have received from God.
There is a time for joy and celebration, but there is also a time for action and obedience.
I will rejoice in God my Savior, but I will also set celebration aside when it is time to act.
  ""Ill-gotten treasures are of
no value, but righteousness delivers from death."
- Proverbs 10:2
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(morning only) Genesis 20 Job 27-28
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
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