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I was struck that the verses in Proverbs 18 are an excellent commentary on the history of Judah and Israel:

2Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.

3When the wicked arrive, contempt, shame, and disgrace are sure to follow.

However, in the middle of our sin, God is still faithful to His covenant. Even though Israel, not being faithful to the covenant, God STILL IS FAITHFUL to the covenant -- because of Abraham's obedience AND because of God, Who cannot lie and Who is unchangeable.

THANK GOD... for God !

Also, I am reminded of what it seys in the New Testament, 2 Timothy 2:13 (NIV):
if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.


Also, it should be obvious that our OBEDIENCE or our DISOBEDIENCE does not only affect and shape us (it clearly does), but it shapes and affects our families and our communities.

Thnk of the Palestinians and other Arabs who are choosing to embrace a mentality of "justice" that includes killing innocent people. This finds expression when terrorists blow innocent people in the name of "justice"...and mothers hold these people up as "heroes" to their children. Then, children want to be like that.

Yet, Abraham's obedience touched not just Isaac and Jacob (thank God for that !!), but also God Himself. And God, who noted Abraham's obedience, literally steps into history and changes it so His covenant with Abraham is fulfilled.



I have heard Oral Roberts say many times that his mother instructed him over and over when he was growing up:

"Stay little in your own eyes, and always obey God."

Vance Brown

Thanks Vance for the posting! I have another night event coming up later this week, so I may need some more guest bloggers later this week too! :) -Mike

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