Advent Devotion for November 29
In lighting the candle, the candle lighter says: “The ‘seed of the woman’ was a direct line to the seed of Abraham.”
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 12:1-3
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”
SCRIPTURE: Galatians 3:8-9
8 What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would make the Gentiles right in his sight because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.” 9 So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.
MUSIC: The God of Abraham Praise Words - Fernando Ortega (YouTube)
SOME THOUGHTS: In the twelfth chapter of Genesis, God had a conversation with Abram. Abram was minding his own business and his encounter with God completely changed the rest of his life in a very large way. (That happens to more people than Abram!) This inner action with God goes specifically all the way back to God’s curse of the serpent in the Garden of Eden. What’s the connection you say? Take some time and look at the third chapter of Luke’s gospel and you’ll see the connection. In verse 38 we see that Seth was the son of blessing, having replaced Abel, whom Cain killed. Through God’s blessing of the seed of the woman, (Seth), we trace the genealogy to Abram (v.34). We then trace Abram’s generations all the way to Jesus (v.23). It was through the coming of Jesus that salvation and blessing for the whole world were made available. Genealogies in the Bible confirm and demonstrate the exactness of God’s plan of redemption. The coming of Christ, a central theme of advent, was detailed thousands of years ago and it unfolded exactly as God had ordained. Be very sure that the conclusion of God’s plan and the return of Christ is certain and right on schedule, God’s schedule. Rejoice! We are in the midst of the greatest story ever told.
PRAYER: May God, who sees all things, and who is Ruler of all spirits and the Lord of all flesh—who chose our Lord Jesus Christ and us through Him to be a peculiar people—grant to every soul that calls upon His glorious and holy Name, faith, peace, patience, long-suffering, self-control, purity, and sobriety to the well-pleasing of His Name, through our High Priest and Protector, Jesus Christ, to whom be glory, and majesty, and power, and honor, both now and forevermore. Amen.
–Clement of Rome, First Century AD (This Clement may well be the Clement Paul referred to in Philippians 4:3.)