Monday – September 23, 2019 – The God of Generations
Matthew 22:31-32 (NIV) But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”
God is the God of the living, not the dead. The proof of that reality is in the historically verified resurrection of Jesus who tells of His resurrection before He even died. Since death could not hold Him, it cannot hold those who believe in Him either. That includes those who believed in Him before He was born; including His forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They may be dead historically, but they are alive and in Heaven with Jesus now. Jesus’ influence would go on for generation after generation, with each preceding generation providing blessings for those who followed. Exodus 20:4 promises that God shows love to those who love Him to the thousandth generation. God promised Abraham that it was through his seed that all the earth would be blessed. Genesis 12:7 (KJV) And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him. Paul builds on this verse. Galatians 3:16 (NIV) The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ.
It is through the one person, Jesus, that each succeeding generation could be blessed. All it takes is to believe in Him. I recently learned that my heritage on my father’s side of the family includes English Puritans who left England to escape religious persecution so they could worship Jesus in the way that He deserves. My mother’s family emigrated from France and were part of the French Huguenots who also left Europe under religious persecution. They too, wanted to see God’s Kingdom flourish. I have imagined the great cloud of witnesses referred to in Hebrews 12:1 as including my Puritan and Huguenot ancestors looking down from Heaven on me and rejoicing as they see me proclaiming and promoting the gospel today.
Prayer: Father, it is so exciting to see what Abraham began in faith has continued from generation to generation in that same faith. Thank you for Your plan of salvation.