and Abraham had to be perfect, Genesis 17: 1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. before Abraham was given his promise God makes this clear, Genesis 18: 19 “I have chosen him. He must direct his children. He must see that the members of his family after him live the way I want them to. So he must direct them to do what is right and fair. Then I, the Lord, will do for Abraham what I have promised him.” so before Abraham was given the promise made, promises had to be kept. the father of many nations was told what to do with no room for error. the better promise was to come but managing the faith was needed, teaching the truth and allowing the world to view the essence of God and all His power was essential to the teachings of Christ. Sodom had to be destroyed, Isaac had to be born, Abraham had to pass the ultimate test. all of these things had to happen, and so much more, so we and those before us could believe in the power of God. all these mishaps and calamities where given to all the generations so a solid foundation of faith could be put in place. God always had a better plan, so along with His covenant with Abraham we could all be made perfect. Just like Abraham before us had to slowly build up his faith all the way from moving his family, to the great sacrifice on the mountain. we too have to receive small doses of faith to strengthen our belief in the God of Abraham. it is through that faith that we become heirs with him to the thrown. for it is by faith that Isaac's ancestors are recognized. Hebrews 11: 40 God had planned something better for us. So they would only be made perfect together with us. this plan calls for a return to the time when we would all receive our teaching through a relationship with God. Just as God comes to Abraham He will also come to you. He has given us all an ear to hear His calling. so unless we become like the slaves that Moses rescues and harden our hearts we too can hear what our Lord calls us to do. in our beginnings we must be feed the milk to strengthen our growth in Him but in the end if we remain constant in our efforts through a discipline that builds our faith in the same way Abraham was taught, who had to be perfect before he was given His reward, we can become eaters of meat and bread in the body that Christ comes to share, and gain the true knowledge of how our Lord has saved us. Matthew 16: 13 Jesus went to the area of Caesarea Philippi. There he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist. Others say Elijah. Still others say Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ. You are the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah! No mere man showed this to you. My Father in heaven showed it to you. 18 Here is what I tell you. You are Peter. On this rock I will build my church. The gates of hell will not be strong enough to destroy it. 19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. What you lock on earth will be locked in heaven. What you unlock on earth will be unlocked in heaven.” for our Lord's new covenant was given so that we may have the same birth rites as Isaac through the Grace that God provides by the sacrifice of His son the One who replaced Isaac. for it is written, Jeremiah 31: 31 “A new day is coming,” announces the Lord. “I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel. I will also make it with the people of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their people long ago. That was when I took them by the hand. I led them out of Egypt. But they broke my covenant. They did it even though I was like a husband to them,” announces the Lord. 33 “This is the covenant I will make with Israel after that time,” announces the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds. I will write it on their hearts. I will be their God. And they will be my people. 34 A man will not need to teach his neighbor anymore. And he will not need to teach his friend anymore. He will not say, ‘Know the Lord. 'Everyone will know me. From the least important of them to the most important, all of them will know me,” announces the Lord. “I will forgive their evil ways. I will not remember their sins anymore.” This is the good news that Jesus came to give. that by His sacrifice the one sacrifice that covers all sin and along with the faith that our forefathers had, the Faith that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and even Rahab the prostitute had, that together with the likes of so many others fore... Hebrews 11: 32 What more can I say? I don’t have time to tell about all the others. I don’t have time to talk about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah. I don’t have time to tell about David, Samuel and the prophets. 33 Because of their faith they took over kingdoms. They ruled fairly. They received the blessings God had promised. They shut the mouths of lions. 34 They put out great fires. They escaped being killed by the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became powerful in battle. They beat back armies from other countries. 35 Women received their dead back. The dead were raised to life again. Others were made to suffer greatly. But they refused to be set free. They did that so that after death they would be raised to a better life. 36 Some were laughed at. Some were whipped. Still others were held by chains. They were put in prison. 37 Some were killed with stones. They were sawed in two. They were put to death by the sword. They went around wearing the skins of sheep and goats. They were poor. They were attacked. They were treated badly. 38 The world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains. They lived in caves. They lived in holes in the ground. 39 All of those people were praised because they had faith. But none of them received what God had promised. 40 God had planned something better for us. So they would only be made perfect together with us. So, we are all given a do over. we can all go back to that time when Adam has the choice to choose the word of God over the word from the liar. for it is by the blood of Christ, that blood that Isaac was spared from offering, that our Grace is given. for God himself takes on the roll of Abraham, and the roll of Isaac to spare us all from the least of us to the greatest all the way back through the generations that lead to Adam so together if we choose to believe in Him rather than the wicked our souls are reborn into this better promise. and we are not just given the one do over, it's not just the one time that our sins are forgiven, no our sins are forgiven even seven times seventy in a day! Praise God, be a blessing, bubba
I pray many hear the message in this writing. Blessings to you ~ brother Hoyle.