14 Mar Blessed Patriarchs of God’s Promise
Blessed Patriarchs of God’s Promise
Who are considered blessed? It is not just about whether one has great wealth, success or other earthly pleasures, though these are also part of God’s grace. But true blessedness is to be called by God in this sinful world, and be born again by Him, to be His children, and be sanctified into His likeness, then finally to enjoy victory in Him. Through the patriarchs of faith, God demonstrated His grace and faithfulness in saving and using ordinary persons for His grand purpose. If we too believe in the God of Abraham, then we are also heirs to God’s promise, and we can anticipate His fulfilment in our lives.
Verses to read:
<Heb 11:8-10, 17-22; Gal 3:29>
1. Abraham <Gen 12-25>: BORN AGAIN.
<Gen 12> 1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.
- Culture of Babel (world).
- Problem of <Gen 3>: Sin, curse, bondage of devil.
2) Restore God’s original intent for mankind <Gen 1:28>:
- Childless Abraham > “be fruitful & multiply”.
- “Subdue and rule over” > Kings will come from Abraham’s offspring <Gen 17:16>.
- Garden of Eden (presence of God) > Promised land and intimate covenant relationship with God.
3) To restore, need to be born again.
- Being born again is the beginning of all other blessings.
- Abram > Abraham.
- All by God’s grace.
- New creation, new destiny, new identity.
- Abraham’s life demonstrated how God fulfilled the promise of “4 Gospelisations” <Gen 12:3>.
2. Isaac <Gen 25-26>: BLESSING.
- Even Gentiles could see evidently that God was with him <Gen 26:28>.
- Yet, there are potential threats for second-generation believers.
3. Jacob <Gen 27-36>: SANCTIFICATION.
1) What is sanctification?
- God’s promise > fixed perspective.
- Not just do good and avoid evil, but walk with God in everything.
- Living sacrifice.
- Human-driven > God-driven.
- Win over old self.
2) Why sanctification?
- To prepare us to be blessed and used by God.
4. Joseph <Gen 37-50>: VICTORY.
- Demonstrated that God is above all! <Gen 50:20>
- Importance of VISION.
- We too belong to the blessed line of these patriarchs <Gal 3:29>.
- Like them, we shall go through Born Again, Blessings, Sanctification and Victory.
- God gave them His promise, as He did to us today, and God will fulfill His promise, despite the failings of humans.