Today we look at another aspect of the faith of Abraham. I want you to pay close attention and see where you will fit. Do you have faith as patriarch Abraham? Can you walk in the footsteps of your patriarch of This Mystical Order?
ABRAHAM’S FAITH – THE ANSWER TO BABEL
The promised destiny, though still vague, is stated with equal emphasis: “I will make your name great.” A “great name” was the very thing that motivated the builders of Babel: “Let us make a name for ourselves” (Gen 11:14). God now grants that which men had tried to gain by their own resources, but to the man of His choice and on His terms. Abraham will be the instrument and means of blessing, not for himself and his descendants alone, but for “all the peoples of the earth.” “So Abraham went as the Lord had told him” (Genesis 12:4), obedient to the word of God as were the elements at the time of creation. Such is the faith, which makes possible the fulfilment of the promise. So where do you stand today in The Mystical Order? Many would rather the fall of the tower but in God, it is secured.
Abraham’s call and response initiate salvation-history for all mankind. From the story of creation and the first man, Genesis had constantly narrowed the centre of its interest until it focused on the solitary figure of Abraham, the father of the people whom God had chosen for His universal redemptive plan. Just like Patriarch Darryl with a hope of reconciliation. Coming almost immediately after the Babel story, which presents the total denial of God in the absolute assumption of self-sufficiency and the dark picture of divine judgement on mankind, the story of Abraham’s call is like a burst of light that illumines the whole landscape. The people of God realise that Abraham’s response must be their own appropriate response to the divine initiative in their regard. So, that’s why I heed the call of the patriarch whenever he makes that call. Will you?
TO BE CONTINUED ……
Sir Godfrey Gregg