Daily D – Genesis 22:1-2
Happy New Year! Thanks for joining us on this journey through the Bible. We will ask God to mentor us throughout this year. We will seek his wisdom and direction daily. We will trust him to speak to our hearts and to show us the way we should go.
I am reading the YouVersion Bible reading plan from the BibleProject called One Story that Leads to Jesus. I am reading the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) as the primary translation for this plan. I will also compare the New International Version (NIV), the New Living Translation (NLT), The Message (Message), and the New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB 2020).
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S = Scripture: These devotionals follow the SOAP Bible study process. Each entry begins with a Bible verse or passage.
O = Observations This is where I write what God is saying to me.
A = Application This is where I write down how I will put into practice what God tells me.
P = Prayer This is where I respond to God’s instructions with prayer for strength and guidance to do what he says.
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Genesis 22:1, 2 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he answered. “Take your son,” he said, “your only son Isaac, whom you love, go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” (CSB)
Genesis 22-24 is something of a travelogue. Life’s most defining moments often happen when we are on a journey. This journey may be literal like a trip in a plane, train, or automobile. This journey may be metaphorical like memories formed ago and re-examined often. Many fewer of life’s defining moments happen when we are sitting still.
In these chapters, we have
1. A test (22:1-19)
2. A birth (22:20-24)
3. A burial (23:1-20)
4. A marriage (24:1-67)
The one man in the story who never left the country was the first child of the promise, Isaac. He whose birth led to so much laughter and joy never traveled very far. The promise of the land that God made to Abraham and his descendants included something of an expectation of staying in the land.
We see Isaac in Genesis 24 after the laughter had faded to a pleasant memory. Verse 1 sets the stage.
Abraham was now old, getting on in years, and the Lord had blessed him in everything.
Abraham’s long, blessed life was ambling toward its end. There was unfinished business to take care of before he stepped off the stage. He made God-guided arrangements for his son’s wife. This is an amazing chapter. It declares loud and clear for all to hear: Where God guides, God provides.
Take and read.
Remember what happened in the previous chapter. Sarah, Isaac’s mom, had died. Verses 62 and 63 are easily overlooked. They are so well wrapped in what goes before and after that we are excused if we miss them.
Now Isaac was returning from Beer-lahai-roi, for he was living in the Negev region.
In the early evening Isaac went out to walk in the field, and looking up he saw camels coming.
Who gave the well the name Well of the Living One Who Sees Me?
Hagar gave the well this name when she was running away from Sarah and the abuse she suffered at her hand. (See chapter 16, particularly verses 13 and 14.)
Sarah was dead. Abraham and Isaac were enduring a season of grief. Isaac took a walk to the place Hagar experienced God. Did he arrange a reunion of Abraham and Hagar? Chapter 25 begins with a story about Abraham and Keturah. Is this Hagar by another name? Maybe.
We could possibly add a fifth entry to the list above: A reunion (24:62, 63).
A week into a new year, what perspective have you gained on last year?
What is clearer now that this journey of ours has entered new spaces on the calendar?
What questions about what’s next do you have?
What direction are you leaning into?
Life is a journey. Life is a story. Life has a beginning, a purpose, and a destination. Life is lived in moments. Not days. Not years. Not decades. This moment now is as drenched with meaning as any you have ever lived. What you do with it shapes what you will do with every other moment. It will enrich your walk with God, or it will leave you hungry for more of him. You will satisfy yourself with the feast he provides, or you will settle for something that fills you and also drains away the good life he offers.
Plan your year in light of all that has gone before. Live your year a moment at a time honoring God with your thoughts, your actions, and your steps toward forever.
I will live this moment in the full acknowledgment of the presence and purpose of God.
Our Father, teach me how to know and experience you in all things at all times. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.