This sabbath weekend the Jewish calendar is entering one of four special sabbaths earmarked for spring. This sabbath is called ‘Shabbat Parah’ or the sacrifice of the red heifer which begins the time of purification preceding the Passover. It is a time of cleansing and being separated from sin and death through the sprinkling of the ashes of the sacrificed red heifer mixed with water.
I hear the Lord saying that this is a time of separation and cleansing when we are to recall the faithfulness of our Father in the keeping of his promises to us. We are called at this time to separate our thoughts from our anxiety and worries by meditating on the life and calling of Abram/Abraham
God kept his promise to his chosen one who would become the father of us all, through faith. Throughout his journey from Ur of the Chaldees Abraham failed many times resulting in a potential scuttling of Gods call. He stopped half way. He took others with him. He lied twice; once to Pharaoh and also to King Abimelech, saying his wife was his sister. He went down into Egypt to escape the famine rather than trusting in God. He laughed when he was informed that he and Sarah would become parents; way passed his wife’s ‘use by date.’
Despite all these setbacks that Abraham committed, the promise to him from God never wavered; that he would make him into a great nation and that his name would be a blessing. Because of Gods faithfulness to his chosen one from Ur, we today have received salvation and fulness of life from God through Jesus his son. We have been set free from sin and death and given the doorway into the promised land.
God is faithful, he is a good good God forever.