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From Eden - November 28

Nov 28, 2022

Monday November 28

Have you ever blown through some one-horse, zero traffic light town while racing toward your final destination? Growing up, my family did that. We used to cruise through the mega-burg of Waukomis, Oklahoma. It was a “blink and you’ll miss it” blip on the map. However, on one trip, we made the decision to stop and get a soda at the burp’n’slurp there. And lo and behold, they had the world’s best fried chicken. And because I come from simple, “salt-of-the-earth people”, my family ate a bucket load of chicken gizzards. From that day forward, whenever we made a trip, we always looked forward to the promise of gizzards in Waukomis. We learned not to overlook a place like Waukomis.

With that lesson in mind, don’t overlook a place like Haran. Not because they served chicken gizzards, but for a more significant reason. It was there that God made a special promise to Abraham that would be fulfilled in Jesus. God told Abraham, and us too, that His children are blessed to be a blessing. And God would bless all people everywhere through this holy descendant of Abraham, Jesus. The Journey Continues Through Haran: The Messiah would be a descendant of Abraham. God blessed all people, every nation, through Abraham.

Genesis 12:3 “I will bless those who bless you, I will curse anyone who treats you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

God made a powerful covenant, a sacred promise to Abraham. God would bless the world through Abraham. Matthew begins the lineage of Jesus with Abraham. The genealogy refers to Jesus as both a Son of David and Abraham. Jesus is the fulfillment of the promise God made to Abraham.

If you were highlighting a map of the journey of these promises, it starts in Eden and flows into Haran. It connects Adam, Eve and Seth to Abraham, Sarah and Isaac. And both the promise and the journey are fulfilled in Jesus, as the Apostle Peter confirmed in the sermon he preached at Solomon’s colonnade.

“In addition, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those after him, have also foretold these days. You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors, saying to Abraham, ‘And all the families of the earth will be blessed through your offspring.’ God raised up his servant and sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your evil ways.” Acts 3:24-26

God, thank you for blessing our lives and our world with Jesus. Please, use me to be a blessing to others. Thank you for surprising promises made to us through your Scriptures that encourage us. Amen