Daily Reflection: Abrahamic DNA | Galatians 3:6-9
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Think, people! Think about Abraham – he’s supposed to be the template of these religious systematizers, right? What does the Book say about his experience? “He believed God. He trusted. And in that trust he found his feet in a whole, healed and upright walk before God in this world.” So let’s connect the dots, shall we? It’s those evidencing Abraham’s DNA of quiet faith and trust that show themselves to be his kids. And it’s not like this is a new development, a new twist in the tale. Right from the start the Book took a long look down the road and saw that the way outsider Gentiles would find their feet in God was through trusting faith (rather than circumcision’s knife) and so announced the Good News to Abraham: “In and through you, all the nations, all the outsiders, will have their socks blessed off (not their foreskins).” So then those in possession of such quiet, trusting faith are blessed along with quiet, trusting Abraham. Galatians 3:6-9 |MAV
You probably know the song: “Father Abraham had many sons, many sons had Father Abraham. I am one of them, and so are you.” In many ways Abraham is the father of three great world faiths, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Each claims him. Each insists it’s the one that truly deserves to climb up into his lap, to recline in his bosom. And that’s the operative word here, isn’t it? Deserves. As Paul enters what we could call the “thinking” part of his letter to the Galatians, he asks the no brainer Galatians to really think for a moment about Abraham. The key to demonstrating kinship is a matter of a simple DNA test, right? And so the question, what is the crucial Abrahamic DNA? For Paul, the statement in Genesis 15:6 (nearly two decades and two chapters before circumcision ever saw the light of day, mind you) provides this defining DNA: simple, trusting faith. God made some promises to Abraham. Abraham trusted those promises. More than that, he trusted the God who made them. So he stayed. He waited. He walked. And this trust changed the whole course of his life – and of history. And this is liberating. But it’s challenges us to the core. Anyone can slice off a body part (or whatever hopefully non-bloody religious alternative we might supply) and say, “See, I belong in the family!” But the birthmark must run deeper. At a primal, cellular level it is the DNA of simple, quiet, trusting faith as we see evidenced in Abraham’s flawed life that shows just whose child we are.
Think about Abraham. What primary lesson do you learn from his life? Where do you see his quiet, trusting faith evidenced in your life? Where would you most like to see it renewed in you?
God, create, recreate in me the simple, trusting heart of Abraham today! Release me into a fuller experience of walking with you, waiting on you, watching for you. Make me a true child of Abraham.
Galatians divvies up nicely into three parts; chapters 3-4 are what I call the “thinking part.” Read both chapters in one sitting. At least once this week. Or twice.
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