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Week 2 Day 4
what are some of the preposterous things you have been asked to believe simply saying preposterous implies that it is impossible it is unreasonable it is hopelessit seems bizarre to us that a hundred-year old man becomes a father that a ninety-year old woman is the mother Abraham and Sarah laughed and so do webut that is the way our Lord is he points us to a hope that seems absurd he directs us to a hope that no one else sees he guides us to a hope that goes beyond the moment our lives are full of hopes it is what fuels the faith not simply what is but what can be not simply reality but dreams to fulfill not simply the present but that long corridor of the future that spans generationsthe Lord has a covenant with us too characterized by hope which feeds our faith hopehope in the Lord
BRANDED BY GOD New names, a distinguishing mark, and a clear date. Genesis 17
1When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared and said to him, "I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. 2 I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly." 3Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him: 4"Behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. 5No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham. 6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7 I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you, for an everlasting covenant, to be your God. 9Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. "As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants throughout their generations. 10This is My covenant which you shall keep: 11You shall circumcise every male child in the flesh of the foreskin, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you. 12He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generation, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant. 15"As for Sarai, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 I will bless her and give you a son by her; I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her." 17Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, "Shall a child be born to a man one hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child? 18 Oh, that Ishmael might live before you!" 19Then God said: "No, Sarah shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. 20As for Ishmael, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year." 23So Abraham took Ishmael his son, all who were born in his house and all who were bought with money, every male of Abraham's house, and circumcised the flesh of their foreskins that very same day, as God had said to him. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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