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ISRAEL’S BEGINNING
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Acts 7:1-8

Genesis 12:1-5

 

“And I will make of thee
a great nation,

and I will bless thee…”

 

ISRAEL’S BEGINNING
 
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Heb 11:8-10).
 
God’s call to Abraham: Stephen traced the beginnings of the nation of Israel to explain about Jesus Christ. It started with the call of God to Abraham who was then in the city of Ur in Mesopotamia. He left the land of the Chaldeans and lived in Haran before he went on to Canaan. From this account, we can recall the faith of Abraham in the words of God. He obeyed although “not knowing whither he went” (Heb 11:8).
 
God’s faithfulness to Abraham: The Lord promised Abraham a possession and posterity. Although it was impossible in the eyes of man, God continued to assure Abraham of the Promised Land and the promised seed for him. A prophecy of living in bondage under foreign dominion was announced to Abraham. Yet, he remained obedient to the faithful promise of God. The children of Israel greatly increased in number such that when they left Egypt the count exceeded a million.
 
God’s covenant with Abraham: God made a covenant with Abraham to show the truthfulness of His promise. When the covenant was made, God entered the covenant alone, with Abraham being the recipient of it. “Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable” (Heb 11:12).
 
Am I willing to follow the call of God? Am I trusting in God’s faithful promises?
 
THOUGHT: Am I an obedient Christian?

PRAYER: O Father, lead me to where Thou wantest me to be.