Monday, January 12, 2015

Privilege, Power, and the Mission of God

Take some time to read Genesis 21:1–21 and Psalm 113. Here’s an excerpt:

Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”—Genesis 21:1–7

Core Truth: The advance of God’s mission does not depend on traditional human power structures or practices.

God consistently, relentlessly, and faithfully keeps his promises to his people in Genesis 12–50. These chapters use the themes of childlessness and the reversal of the firstborn’s privilege to teach us key truths about God and God’s mission.

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