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Thursday of Lent 1

February 15, 2008

Thursday of Lent 1                      Lamb of God Lutheran Church
14 February 2008                       Papillion, NE
Nebraska Lutherans for Confessional Studies

+ Jesu Juva +

Genesis 12:1-9

Did you notice?  God’s doing all the talking.  God’s making all the promises to seventy-five year old never had a child with his barren beautiful wife senior citizen Abram. Extravagant and outrageous promises.  Promises that would get the “Yeah, right!” from most people.

“Leave your country . . . go to the land I will show you.”  “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you.  I will make your name great and you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you.  I will curse those who curse you.  Everyone on the earth will be blessed through you . . . To your offspring I will give this land.”

The Lord’s words.  His command.  His promises.  He’s doing the verbs.  His words do and give what they say.  They create faith.  Faith in the Lord who speaks and promises.  Now by faith Abram is a patriarch that fears, loves and trusts in God above all things.  Abram’s nothing coram Deo.  The Lord’s everything to Abram propter Christum.  In His unsearchable riches He’s merciful to an idolatrous undeserving ungodly sinner Abram.  Pities Abram.  Calls Abram to faith in Him through His Word most likely preached by Noah’s son Shem.  Through the Word preached by pastor Shem, God frees Abram from sin, death, and damnation for the sake of His Promised Christ, the Blessed Seed.  In His Word preached we see who God really is:  He is the Savior of sinners.  All of them.  “God justifies the wicked!”  

That includes idolatrous Abram.  Includes First Commandment breakers like you and me.  You are blessed because Jesus is the Seed of Abram.  “God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  Since his sins don’t condemn him . . . since he doesn’t have to the salvation job because God promises the Savior Jesus . . . Abram is free.  Free to “take his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran . . . [and] set out for the land of Canaan.”

So the Lord speaks.  Abram listens.  The Lord promises.  Abram believes.  Where the Lord graciously speaks and promises there’s a divine service.  Mission work in a foreign, hostile land of Canaan.  And so Abram builds altars not Starbucks Canaanite Coffee Houses.  And at the altars the Name of the Lord is called upon.  That’s the whole enchilada.  A church where there’s a preacher and a congregation.  So Abram preaches in God’s Name.  He’s the mouth.  Sarai, Lot, the man and maid-servants listen.  They’re the ears.  The church.  Abram preaches that God is a God who in His mercy justifies the ungodly through the Promised Seed.  And through son of Abram Seed Jesus, God’s wrath against your sin is set aside and the eternal blessing that was lost in Paradise through sin is restored. 

Blessed are you through the Seed of Abram who is lifted up on the Cross.  Your transgressions are forgiven.  Your sins are covered.  The Lord never counts your sins against you.  It was the same with Abram, your father.  He’s the father of all who believe.  And such belief in Him God credits as righteousness.  Who would ever imagined it?  What a wonderful Lord who sends His Son to save the world.  And that Son still speaks and continues to make such outrageous promises like:  “I will remember your sins no more,” and “This cup is the new testament in my blood for the forgiveness of your sins.” 

Happy listening and believing in Him.

In the Name of Jesus.    

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