April 6, 2017
When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him: “My covenant with you is this: you are to become the father of a host of nations. No longer shall you be called Abram; your name shall be Abraham, for I am making you the father of a host of nations.“ Gn_17:3-9
And that, Abraham certainly became. The father of the Israelites (the Jewish nation), the father of the Ishmaelites (eventually Islam) and the father of the Christians – all under our ONE true Father and Creator, our LORD, God.
. . the Jews said to him (Jesus), “You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.” Jn_8:51-59
Jesus IS the Son of God, the second Person of the Holy Trinity.
Remember the stories of Moses and the burning bush . . . God said to Moses, I am the God of your father, he continued, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. Ex 3:6
And then Moses said to God, “if I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what do I tell them?” God replied to Moses: I am who I am. Then he added: This is what you will tell the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you. Ex_3:13-14
The same I AM that Jesus replied to the Jews! The same Father, the same Son, the same Holy Spirit. Follow me, Jesus told us. Keep my Commands, God told Abraham. Believe, beloved! And the Holy Spirit will take care of the rest!
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