Advent Family Devotions: Meet the Family - Abraham.

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December 5, 2018 – Meet the Family: Abraham 

Prayer: 

Lord God, you made a promise long ago to send a Savior for all people. Give me a heart the fully believes that he is MY Savior. In his name we pray. Amen.

Devotion:

Genesis 12:1-3

1The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” 

This was a big deal for Abraham.  God was asking him to relocate, but he wasn’t telling him where he wanted him to locate. God said, “Go! Leave your family and when you get there I’ll tell you.”  Then, after telling him to relocate his family, God made a promise to him: “And all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” 

God was making Abraham a very specific promise here. God was looking down Abraham’s family tree all the way down to Jesus.  He was promising that through Jesus, the GREAT grandson of Abraham, all nations would be blessed with forgiveness and eternal life.  He was promising a Savior FROM all nations FOR all nations. 

And you can tell when you look at the family tree of Jesus.  He is a Savior from all nations.  You have women like Tamar, like Rahab, and like Ruth who were not from the family of Abraham, but whom God brought into his family anyway. All of these were outsiders.  All these were foreigners.  All of them are part of the family tree of Jesus.  All of them are part of the story.

God wants you to know that no one on the face of the earth is left out from his family tree. No person on the face of the earth is excluded and left out from his plan. God wants you to know that no one is excluded from his salvation.  He sent a Savior from all nations FOR all nations. 

When we’re at school sometimes we can feel left out from certain groups of people.  When we’re at work sometimes we can feel like the odd person out.  Sometimes we get left out.  Sometimes we can feel like we’re left out and excluded from certain people and certain things.

But not with God. God is making it absolutely clear that his Son, our Savior came for all people.  He didn’t just come for the family of Abraham.  He came to be a blessing to all nations.  Jesus came for ALL. Jesus came for you.

Additional Reading: Ephesians 2:11-22

Family Questions:

1.      Share a time when you felt left out on the playground, at school or at work.  How did it feel to be left out?

2.     Who belongs in God’s family? How do you know?

Going Deeper:

1.      Read Ephesians 2:11-22.  What would keep us separate from God’s family?

2.     How did God bring us close and into God’s household?

3.     What is the foundation of this household?

4.     How can you build on this foundation even more?  What practical steps can you take?

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, you sent Jesus to die for the sins of the world, and that includes every one of us. Through him you have blessed all people on earth. Strengthen our faith and embolden us to go and share this good news of a Savior for all with all people. Amen.