Daily Devotion for March 3, 2012
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
Prayer of Thanks for God's Creation
O Lord God of Israel and God of the nations, you are the only God in heaven above or the earth below. I walk before you with all my heart. I bless your name in the morning when I rise and in the evening when I sleep, and all the day when your creation fills my eye. Bless me to remember you this day. When I see and hear the thousand miracles of your creation, let me see them anew, recalling that you have made them, and no other; that I may live in your presence among the common miracles I take for granted. Through Christ I pray,
For our restful sleep at night,
For the rain and sunshine bright,
For the love that Thou dost send,
For our homes and for each friend,
For the day and all its pleasures,
Grateful thanks I render now.
May our lives pass on the blessings,
None can give to us, but Thou.
Oh Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your apostles, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you"; I pray that I and your whole church, the body of all faithful people, will know your peace, and live in harmony and unity, one with another, in accordance with your wishes. This I pray to you, who lives and reigns forever.
Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.
And his right hand over the rivers.
He shall cry to Me, "You are my Father,
My God, and the rock of my salvation."
Genesis 22:15-24 (ESV)
The Story of Abraham  - Isaac
And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, "By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice."
So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba. And Abraham lived at Beersheba.
Now after these things it was told to Abraham, "Behold, Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor: Uz his firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father of Aram, Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel." (Bethuel fathered Rebekah.) These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham's brother. Moreover, his concubine, whose name was Reumah, bore Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.
Notes on the Scripture
Yesterday we discussed how the Bible uses Abraham as an analogy to God Himself. We can never truly know the mind of God, but we can understand the pain of Abraham in offering His only son as a sacrifice for us, because Abraham is a man, like us. It is also prophetic of Christ, for Abraham tells Isaac that God will provide a lamb to be sacrificed, as payment for sin.
In today's passage, an even more marked prophecy is made, as God's angel promises that "all the nations of earth shall be blessed" by Abraham's faith. God has repeatedly promised Abraham that he will father a great nation, the Hebrews; but the prophecy extends here all the way to Christianity, for by Abraham's faith and the offering of Isaac as a sacrifice, God promises to bless all the world. Moreover, this blessing will come from Abraham's offspring. And, indeed, Jesus will be able to trace his ancestry all the way back to Abraham.
As if to demonstrate, the end of the passage give us an accounting of the children of Abraham's second brother, Nahor, and all his children. They will not be important (except perhaps to provide odd names for our ancestors), with one exception: we will be seeing Rebekah again.