God’s promises


Second week of the new year and second week of us studying the scriptures together. We will continue on reading from the books of Genesis and Matthew.
Every week we will dive in one chapter each from the Old and New Testament. We will study the scripture and reflect on the verse(s) that touched us the most. You may notice that I skip chapters, this is to provide you your personal time to read the other chapters during the week. Remember, reading the Bible is not just to memorize verses, it is most importantly to get to know God personally.

Scripture:

Genesis 12 / Matthew 11


Brief Overview:

Genesis 12 talks about God’s covenant with Abraham. Even though Adam was the first created man, the title “father of all nations” was given to Abraham. For this was God’s promise to him, that his seed will be countless like the stars in the heaven and the dust on the earth (Genesis 13:16, 15:5 KJV)

Matthew 11 is the opposite of what ha happened to Abraham’s time. Abraham was so obedient to God’s command that he followed God’s order without thinking twice nor saying “why God?”. This chapter speaks about rejections, firstly, John the Baptist sending his two disciples to inquire Jesus if He is the Messiah. Secondly, the Israelites judging Him on how and why He interacts with sinners and tax collectors (“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32 KJV). Lastly, with the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum despite the many miracles done in their place people still did not repent with their sins.

Observation
Gen. 12:2 “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will make thee and thy name great, and thou shalt be a blessing.”
Matt. 4:18 KJV “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, …”
Matt. 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Application

Have you heard of that old saying “promises are meant to be broken”? This might be true for us here on earth, we make promises that sometimes we forget or chooses not to follow through. We make excuses on why we did not fulfill what we sworn we will do it. Promises we make may be between our friends, siblings, parents, spouses and to God. Often we get used to us not fulfilling our promises and not expecting others to fulfill theirs too. Have you ever have that situation when you wanted something badly and always prayed for it and when God answered it and it was not the answer you were expecting and you cannot understand on why He did not fulfill “His promise”? I have done this not once nor twice but many to count, and I am not proud of this. We often put words in God’s mouth and makes ourselves believe that He promises what we want. The book of Isaiah explains that God’s thoughts and ways are not same as ours, for He is higher than us like the heavens are higher than the earth (Isaiah 5:8-9 KJV). But God is different, He is the ultimate example of someone who has a word of Honor. He always keeps His promises. Although at times it is not often what we have expected or wanted but He knows it is for our own good. For His words are the basis of truth and it is unchanging. In addition, God’s words and promises bring forth life and grace. Unlike the death and destruction we get when we fall into Satan and his demons’ temptations.

Prayer

God our Father, we thank you for always keeping Your promises. For sending Your begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to be The Answer and the Only Way for us to achieve Your promise of eternal life with You in heaven. We ask for your forgiveness and we repent from our sins if at times we try to manipulate You and Your words to be in line with what we want. Make us right with you Lord, we pray that Your will be done in our lives. That we will be able to share your promise of salvation to other. Amen.

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