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Today's reading in Genesis opened my eyes to see the remarkable faith of Abraham. God calls him away from all he knows to a land that God will show him. The promise of God starts in Genesis 12 to bless him, and make him the father of a great nation, and inherit a land for his offspring. Along the way, Abraham shows true character in offering Lot first choice in the land before them. It is actually comical in a way. I picture Lot with his eyes just taking in the potential bounty from the fertile plains and after a long look "Lot chose that land for himself'! Not only did Lot think first of himself, but chose to set up tent near an ungodly group of people. "After Lot was gone" the Lord took Abrham aside and gave him the 360 degree look of all that lay before him and seemed to say, "if you think what Lot took was great,turn around and see, "I am going to give all this land to you..." as far as he could see. Isn't that just like God who wows us with His abundance. If we keep our trust on the One who is trustworthy, then nothing else really matters. Abraham could have chosen first since he was older, he could have demanded the best, but instead he cared less for material gain than taking care of those in his charge. He took care of Lot both in land and in rescue, and also his allies after rescuing Lot. Abraham knew God was trustworthy which explains why he so obediently left his home, family, and relatives to go on this adventure yet to be seen.And if we look at God's promises to Abraham, other than Isaac, Abraham really didn't live to see the promises fulfilled. Hebrews 11:13 "All these faithful ones died without receiving what God had promised them, BUT THEY SAW IT ALL FROM A DISTANCE and welcomed the promises of God." I pray God would teach me to have the character to live beyond what I see, and live by faith looking foward to the legacy before me. Abraham "believed God" to be good for all His promises and lived knowing God was good for His Word.

2 Peter2:7 says Lot was righteous (believer). Yet it is never written that he offered sacrifices to the Lord - Abraham did (Do we let others in our family worship the Lord for us?). By his senses, Lot picked Land that looked good (sound like Eve in garden?). Lot did not move into evil city of Sodom - at first he pitched his tents outside the city. What decisions (process) caused him to move into the city?

Melchizedek - the name means “King of Righteousness”. He was king of Salem (Peace). Uniquely for a king, he was also a High Priest (Jesus has those roles today). Thus, I consider Melchizedek a “type” (foreshadowing) of Christ.

Covenant of God with Abram was unilateral. Abram could do nothing to screw it up. The cutting in half of animals in the covenant walk - was to say - may this happen to me if I break this covenant. Thankful that God is a faithful God who keeps His word. As Abram, the Israelites, and all of us are “knuckleheads” way too often in our walks.

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