Pondering for Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Tuesday after the 3rd Sunday of Easter: Year 2

Psalm 26, 28; Psalm 36, 39; Exod. 19:1-16Col. 1:1-14; Matt. 3:7-12

“Do not presume to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our ancestor”; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.”  (Matthew 3:9)

Abraham is a very significant Father of Faith for Jews, Christians and Muslims.  But what is significant about Abraham is not his genetic code, his biology, nor his DNA.  No, what was important about Abraham was his faith. He believed in God and for his faith, “it was reckoned to him as righteousness, and he was called the friend of God.” (James 2:23)

The significance of Abraham is not something genetic that is passed on the next generation, not even to Isaac or Jacob.  They, like Abraham, had to meet God for themselves and be tested by fire. So none of us, not Jew, not Christian, not Muslim can claim a direct heritage from Abraham as for as God is concerned. And, even if someone did show close DNA to a people supposed to be of Abrahamic lineage, it matters not.  It is not the biology that matters; it is the faith of Abraham.  So, like John says, God can raise children to Abraham from the stones of the earth.

It makes no difference who we are, we can choose to be children to Abraham, not by investigating our ancestry, but only by believing. To be raised as children to Abraham we must choose to believe and hold God more dear than our own children as did Abraham. As I have said before, I now say again, “Trust” especially in God, is a better translation of the word used for believe. Trust God more than family, more that government, more than so called authority figures, more than human professions like doctors and lawyers. The only exception I will make to this are doctors and professionals who pray.  Faith means everything.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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