Sunday, December 11, 2011

Genesis 13:14-18 True Separation

"And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee. Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD."

Finally!!! We have Abram where G-d intended him to be, by himself. If you remember, back in Genesis 12:1, G-d told Abram to get out of his country, away from his family unto a land he would show him. However, Abram has done everything else but what G-d wanted him to do. Now we see Abram maturing to the point where he is ready to begin the next step in his relationship with G-d.

This is great example of how we respond to G-d. Instead of being where G-d wants you and me to be, we run the opposite direction. G-d wants us to be separated from the world and reliant on G-d alone. We need to ask ourselves on a daily basis, are we where G-d wants us to be?

Here we also have G-d, not only promising the land to Abram, but also to make Abram's seed more numerous than the dust of the earth. At first thought, you would think that Israel and all the Jews were his legacy. However, all the Jews from the beginning of time could not fulfill what G-d intends here. Fulfillment also includes the body of Christ. Also, Israel has never occupied the land is now showing Abram here.

In the future, we will see the Jews inhabit the land he is showing Abram. However, we will also see the complete seed of Abram, the Body of Christ, inhabit the new earth and the new Jerusalem.