January 7, 2006
Read Genesis 19 -- 21
Lot was wealthy and obviously had a prominent position in
The Scriptures denounce homosexuality for which
Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him (Genesis 21:2). Isaac, the miracle child of God's promise, entered the family life of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar the bondwoman. Hagar's son Ishmael soon revealed his true character through his contempt for Isaac. In the New Testament we read that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. . . . these are the two covenants (agreements); the one from the
These two sons, Ishmael and Isaac, illustrate the dual nature of our lives. We are first born of the flesh (through human parents) (John 3:6), symbolized by Ishmael. But the moment a sinner believes in his heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross for his sins, repents of them, and confesses Christ as Savior and Lord of his life, to them gave He power to become the sons of God (John 1:12). This is symbolized by Isaac, the child of faith.
On the Day of Pentecost, Peter answered the people by saying: Repent, and be baptized . . . and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Spirit) (Acts 2:38; also Romans 10:9-10; I John 3:1-2; 4:15). We do not become sinless but we are freed from the power of sin (Romans 6:7). They that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections (passions) and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:24-25).
By Isaac, the promised son of God's Covenant (Genesis 21:12). Faith in Christ sets us free from the bondage of the Law because God made a new Covenant through Christ (Matthew 26:28; Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20; I Corinthians 11:25; also Hebrews 12:24).
19:3 pressed upon = urged them; 19:5 know = rape and abuse; 19:8 shadow = protection; 19:13 is waxen = has become; 20:6 suffered = allowed; 20:16 a covering of the eyes = compensation; 21:18 hold him in thine hand = take care of him.
Pray for Government Officials: Rep. Loretta Sanchez (CA) and Sen. John Thune (SD) · Country:
Memory Verse for the Week: Colossians 1:12