Readings (These are the readings for January 5)
13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “Have no doubt that your descendants will live as immigrants in a land that isn’t their own, where they will be oppressed slaves for four hundred years. 14 But after I punish the nation they serve, they will leave it with great wealth. 15 As for you, you will join your ancestors in peace and be buried after a good long life. 16 The fourth generation will return here since the Amorites’ wrongdoing won’t have reached its peak until then.” (Genesis 15:13-16, Common English Bible)
I have seen it many times over the past few years, “The Pinky Swear.” It causes me to wonder, when did a promise start requiring something more than a promise? When was it that our word was no longer good enough? Why is it that when we think we need something more than just a promise that locking pinky fingers with someone is a better promise than my word alone?
It wasn’t that long ago, that a witness in the courtroom used to swear on the Bible. When we swear in presidents and other public leaders, we still swear them in with hand on the Bible.
In today’s lesson, God is again making a covenant with Abram. It causes me to ask the question (and I will answer it as well), what is a covenant? Well, it is something more than a pinky swear. It is more than when one might swear on a Bible. It is more than a promise. Some would say a covenant is like a contract. It is close but is a more solemn act.
A covenant, when related to the Bible, according to dictionary.com is:
In our lesson, God is making a solemn covenant with Abram. God is promising Abram that his descendants will inherit the land on which he stands. It won’t be anything easy. The Israelites had to go through slavery first. Because of their unfaithfulness, they would wander in the desert for forty years.
Abram was trying to learn when God makes a covenant, a pinky swear as it were, God is more faithful than we. God will always keep a covenant made with an individual or with a group. It may not always be easy but God will see it through.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved
P.S. The new year has started with an incredibly busy week for me. I know I have not made two posts on time. I apologize for that. I promise (pinky swear) I will strive to do better. Keith