March 9, 2009
In Genesis, God gave us a picture of what was to come. He promised Abraham that even though he was extremely old he would have children and build a nation of people from him and eventually bless the world through him. Abraham waited and got even older. He eventually did have Isaac. God then told Abraham to take Isaac up the mountain and kill him in sacrifice to God.
Do you have faith to make the sacrifice He's asking of you?
Abraham was faithful. He prepared to kill Isaac. There are a couple of interesting things to note. Abraham knew that he was going to kill his son and yet he told his servants that “they” would be back. (Gen 22:5) God had told him that he was going to kill his son, but God had also told him that a great nation would come from his son. He might have thought that after he killed Isaac, God would raise him from the dead. We don’t know what he thought, but he said, “we will be back!” He had great faith in God’s promises. This great faith is why we are all blessed through Abraham. Read the rest of this entry »
February 25, 2009
When we look across multiple parables that Jesus teaches through, we notice several characteristics. We’ll put up one of them here, but make six observations based on several.
And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time? 43″Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. 44″Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 45″But if that slave says in his heart, ‘My master will be a long time in coming,’ and begins to beat the slaves, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk; 46the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers. 47″And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, 48but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.” (Luke 12:42-48)
- A Steward is one who is entrusted with responsibilities, positions and resources. Read the rest of this entry »
February 24, 2009
We’ve been discussing Biblical stewardship. There are many examples of stewardship throughout the Bible. Most of the great figures of the Old Testament were called to steward for God’s purposes. Moses (Hebrews 3:1-6), Joshua, the Judges, and the Kings were all called to steward God’s people Israel. Some did pretty well – some horribly. Daniel and Joseph are excellent examples of stewards for our purposes because they were called to do God’s work in a foreign land. They had to serve the secular powers while first and foremost serving God. And they both did it extraordinarily well. They sought God and He blessed them.
Let’s look at Joseph’s life. Joseph was given dreams from God of the amazing life ahead. But instead of having a nice, easy, “blessed” life, he was sold into slavery by his brothers, unjustly accused of raping his new master’s wife, and thrown in prison for years. What a blessing! Yet all the while, Joseph sought the heart of God and was faithful in the small things that were given to him in his life. As a slave, his work was blessed by God and so he rose to be Potiphar’s household steward. Read the rest of this entry »