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Week 3 Day 4 Genesis 15 Matthew 14

30 January, 2015

Genesis 15

Abram and God have a conversation – Abram is sorry he won’t be able to leave the land God has given him to an heir that is his own flesh and blood but instead the plan is to give it to a slave who has been born in his house.

I love this simple statement: And he [Abram] believed in (trusted in, relied on, remained steadfast to) the Lord, and He counted it to him as righteousness (right standing with God).  Trust is such a basic instinct that is so easily damaged in people by other people.

God made a covenant – a solemn oath, binding in agreement with Abram and his descendants.  Imagine being told that the fourth generation would come back to a land – foretelling what would happen – we get it today and dismiss the prophecy.  Knowing in their destiny they would be slaves for 400 years.

Abram was told that he would get the land of ten tribes that currently ruled the region.  He was told that there would be more descendants than stars he could count in the sky.  Words are indescribable to say how it feels to know that the world doesn’t stop when I stop – that I gave life to 5 people, that already they are starting to make their own children, that the generations will continue.  There is an awe and wonder in that thought, no matter what they have to go through.

Matthew 14

Herod hears of Jesus and believes Him to be a ghost of John the Baptist.  John had spoken out about Herod taking his sister in law as his wife and Herod had him killed. His niece at the urging of her mother demanded John’s head on a platter and having made a bold comment in front of people he had to do what he promised. Pride – such a massive obstacle in our own lives.

Jesus heard this news and was upset about not just His cousin, but the man who had prophesied about His coming and had baptised Him. He tried to retreat but was swarmed by people and again He was moved by compassion and healed many of the sick.

Then we get the beautiful and bountiest story of the feeding of 5000 men – let alone the children and women also there. And somehow they are fed with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish – with leftovers! So people did not get a crumb of food which satisfied – the bread and fish kept multiplying.

Jesus then said they could leave and He manages to get some time alone.  The disciples have set off on the boat and with the wind against them are far out on the water.  In the middle of the night Jesus just casually walks out on the water to the boat, midst the tossing of the sea and the wind – so it’s not the flat image we often get portrayed.

The disciples, even after seeing healings and having fed a crowd of people are again thrown by what Jesus is able to do but Peter (what was he thinking?!) tells Jesus to call him out – like dared Him to call him out.  But then Peter lost his nerve, he felt the wind and was scared (no kidding!) and cried out. Jesus then reprimanded Peter for his lack of faith. I’m not sure I would have fared much better than Peter.

They all then moved on to Gennesaret and more crowds and healings occurred.


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