"𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐆𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐁𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 " is the topic that will be discussed today on RIOT Podcast, a Christian Discipleship Podcast
In episode 157, we delved into the Tower of Babel's significance in shaping humanity's history, discussing God's intervention and the resulting dispersion of people and languages. This week's episode focuses on God's grace towards humanity through Abraham and Sarah. God called them to leave their home, promising a new beginning, leading to the birth of the Jewish nation, the Bible, and the Savior.
Three key reasons for God's call are evident in the reading. Firstly, God was concerned about salvation, aiming to bless the world through Abraham and Sarah as an example of walking by faith. Secondly, part of the plan was to send His Son through the Jewish nation for the world's redemption. Lastly, Abraham and Sarah exemplified walking by faith, obeying God despite uncertainties.
Faith, rooted in God's Word and promises, played a crucial role in Abraham and Sarah's journey. The concept of a covenant, an agreement implying fellowship, commitment, and sharing, reflects God's gracious commitment to fulfill His promises.
Contrasting Babel (Genesis 11) and Abraham's call (Genesis 12), we see humans seeking self-glory versus God exalting Abraham. The contrast echoes in our lives when we live in the flesh versus the Spirit. Abraham's initial steps weren't perfect, highlighting God's patience amid our imperfections.
Abraham's delayed obedience, taking Lot against God's specific instruction, led to unforeseen hardships. The narrative emphasizes the importance of commitment and obedience. The question arises: where would we be if Abraham and Sarah hadn't committed to God's call?
As Abraham journeyed, marked by his tent and altar, he demonstrated separation from the world and devotion to God. However, trouble ensued when he deviated. The life of faith requires continuous movement and challenges for growth.
The episode concludes with the intertwining of faith and obedience, emphasizing that while sinners are saved by faith alone, genuine faith manifests in obedience and good works. Abraham's faith was evident in his obedience, a principle echoed in biblical teachings.
In summary, this episode explores God's grace in calling Abraham and Sarah, highlighting their journey of faith, commitment, and obedience. The contrast with Babel underscores the importance of living in the Spirit. The narrative serves as a timeless lesson on the inseparable connection between faith and obedience in the Christian journey.