Genesis 12.1-4; 15.1-6; Hebrews 11.8-16
* Sorry that this is late, I had some connectivity issues yesterday*
We live in interesting times. If you’re Scottish you’ll know that this is not a good thing.
There is a lot of discussion and debate in the media around issues of race at the moment. Sadly these apparent tensions have seeped into the church although goodness knows why.
So we find ourselves with Abraham today, a man called out from his own nation to wander without a home and only the promise that he would be the father of a nation. Remember that he only had eight sons (Genesis 25) and only through the one of them would the promise be fulfilled. That son only had two sons of his own.
With this slow beginning, it must have been difficult for Abraham to believe that he would father a nation let alone that all the nations of the world would be blessed in him. And yet he did believe and it was accounted to him as righteousness.
The writer of Hebrews explains what was going on a little more clearly: Abraham was not looking to a city made out of bricks or he would easily have been discouraged and gone back to Ur from whence he came. The writer then says that he knew he had no home on earth and was looking instead for a heavenly country.
This is why Jesus came. Although Israel was set apart by God, Jesus came for the Gentiles too, for anyone who would believe without distinction. We are all one in him.
Salvation is not and never has been an issue of gender, race, social class, or skin tone. Through Abraham came Israel, through Israel came Christ, and through Christ the nations have been blessed. And from all the nations of the earth, every tribe, tongue, and skin colour he has and is building a nation for himself more numerous than the stars.
Abraham’s way of life, wandering without a homeland, shows us that God’s kingdom is not a patch of dirt somewhere on this earth with castles and borders. It is a spiritual kingdom which transcends all boundaries that man could ever make. We are Christ’s people and he is our king.
Why is Jesus coming? He’s coming for a nation.
Today’s song: May You Find A Light – Josh Garrels