_ What do you see?
In Genesis 13:14-15 the LORD said all the land that Abram sees he would possess: “all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever.” This was an important first step, but Abram also needed to “see” how that promise would come to pass. Sarah told Abram that he needed to “see” how the LORD had kept her from having a son so then they tried “plan B.” Genesis 16:2 So Sarai said to Abram, "See now, the LORD has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her." And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai." Our vision and expectation of our heart is so important.
In Genesis 17 God institutes circumcision. In this New Covenant the sign of circumcision is in Christ. Colossians 2:11 says, "In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ." We are freed from our old nature by “putting off the body of sins” and living by our new nature in Christ.
It is awesome to think that God allows one person to draw near to Him to intercede on behalf of a whole city. Our prayers are what causes His kingdom to be seen on earth. Jesus said in Matthew 6:9-10, “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.”
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan