Daily Reflection: Getting the Goods | Galatians 3:17-18
And the point is this: we are looking at a divine deal with Abraham, and no addendum of law made some 430 years later can change it and thus cross out the promise. Period. Because if you could get the goods through such an addendum, a subsequently added law clause, then it’s no longer through the original promise, is it? But promise was and is the vehicle of God’s divine gracious choice; promise remains our only way to get the goods. Galatians 3:17-18 |MAV
Inheritance. The accumulated accomplishments of a lifetime passed on to our kids. For me it was a set of golf clubs because my dad wasn’t ready and didn’t have a valid will. I don’t really golf, but I did try to use them. Once. The first time I attempted to drive a ball, the head of the driver flew off with it somewhere into the trees (fore!). Never found it. I guess we can say that “getting the goods” from God offers a bit more promise. In fact Paul waxes large in his comments in Romans, saying that “it was not through law that Abraham received the promise that he should be heir of the world” (see Romans 4:13). Heir of the world. Paul gushes again to the Corinthians believers who, like badly behaving family members at the reading of a will, seem all too eager to claim exclusive rights to the goods: “All things are yours. Whether Paul or Apollos or Kefa, whether the world or life or death, whether the here and now or all that’s yet to come; all things are yours. And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s” (see 1 Corinthians 3:21-23). Some goods! And we are all in line to receive on the simple basis of his promise rather than our performance. Friends, it’s tee time.
What does “getting the goods” from God mean to you? What “goods” would really come in handy in your life today?
Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Abba, I come, I ask, I seek, I knock. Instead of the stones I ask for, give me the precious bread of you.
During these next weeks we are processing Galatians 3-4, be making your way through Abraham’s story in Genesis 12-25. This week you might also tack on Exodus 19-24.
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