Focal Passage: Genesis 12:1-5a; 13:11-18
As a minister, one of my most enjoyable moments is standing before a couple who make promises to each other as they become husband and wife. When these couples come to see me before they get married, I talk about promises each will make to the other on their marriage day.
I ask them to thoughtfully write what they promise to do for the other as each takes on the new role of husband or wife. “I promise to …” forces the one speaking to take responsibility for their future actions. The one hearing these promises then must decide whether to trust the one giving them enough to believe that these promises will be fulfilled.
The unifying theme of “promise and fulfillment” found throughout all of Scripture began with the covenant made with Abram, soon to be Abraham. God provided a list of promises that He claimed He would deliver. Land, nation, blessings, greatness and being a blessing were all promises thoughtfully made to Abram by God. [Read more…]