How Long?

David Bast

Read: 2 Corinthians 4:16–5:10 . . . the time is near. (Revelation 1:3) Picture the cartoon of a bearded guy in a robe walking along the sidewalk holding a sign that proclaims: “The End Is Near!” Well, the end is near. John wrote that more than 1,900 years ago. You call that near? It depends on what you mean by “near.” God’s definition of near isn’t the same as ours: “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with …

Blessed Reading, Blessed Hearing

David Bast

Read: Revelation 1:1-3 Blessed is the one who reads . . . and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it. (v. 3) The first word of the book of Revelation is . . . “revelation.” It’s an unveiling of what’s going to happen, of how the world will end. Jesus sent an angel to pass this message on to John so that all of us (“his servants,” v. 1) can know it too. Think …

The Promised Land

Michael Wilcock

Read: Genesis 25:7-10 The field that Abraham purchased . . . (v. 10) Abraham, says Hebrews 11:9 (NRSV), “stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents” with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. Curious translation; “for a time” makes it sound like a month or two, when it was actually the best part of a hundred years! In fact, he is doubtless still there today, …

God of Providence

Michael Wilcock

Read: Genesis 22:1-14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.” (v. 14) These words translate a name of God that you may sometimes sing about: Jehovah Jireh, your Provider, whose grace is sufficient for you. What Abraham now learned about God was what Hagar had learned earlier, but here the focus is even sharper. This is a God …

God of Constancy

Michael Wilcock

Read: Genesis 21:22-34 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and called there on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God. (v. 33) Would the promised son ever be born? To the aging couple the wait must sometimes have seemed endless. But God’s promise did come true, as the first part of today’s chapter recounts, and throughout the long delay his care for them had been unfailing. The events at Beersheba highlighted yet another aspect of their wonderful God. …

God of Justice

Michael Wilcock

Read: Genesis 18:17-33 Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just? (v. 25) The story of Abraham shows us much about God, no doubt, but surely it doesn’t look as far ahead as Judgment Day and the end of the world? Yes, even that …