Day 8, January 8, 2021
Scriptures: Genesis 16-18, Matthew 2
Another great connection between the Scriptures today, Genesis 18:13–14 “Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.” “
Is anything too hard for the Lord?
As we skip forward to Matthew 2, we are reminded of the powerful work of God, to bring about His purposes. We have a child born, from the virgin Mary. We are reminded that God is doing something special.
The rhetorical question, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Emphatically, “No!, Nothing is impossible for the Lord!”
What an important reminder of what God is doing in the scriptures and history, to accomplish His purposes.
It’s this connection, but even more, the Promise is reinstated. Despite the failures and miscues from Abram with Hagar, thwarting the purposes, God is merciful, patient, forgiving.
Genesis 18:18–19 “Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
Jesus is the fulfillment of this blessing. All nations will be blessed through Abraham, through Jesus.
I don’t know what encouragement you need today, but it is an important reminder that we find ourselves in the midst of this story. The nations are blessed, all peoples are blessed through Abraham. A Promise given by God, is fulfilled by God. Despite the failures of humankind, over and over again, the plans of God aren’t thwarted. God works in them in such a way, to redeem us and save us.
You are blessed!