I want to thank so many for their kind words of encouragement, sent by one means or another. I had hoped that some would feel free to comment on the blog post itself, because I was and remain hopeful about the possibility of elaborating on some of the thoughts shared in my last post
This morning as I reflected on what I already wrote on the passage from the Song of Songs, I was rather overwhelmed with some of the things that might need to be added or clarified. This afternoon, after a heavenly conversation, the following struck me:
Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” Genesis 17:17
There are many other thoughts that struck me over the past several days, but I think this last should have priority!Without any intent of disrespect, what came clearer than ever is that Abraham is the father of our faith. For the moment I need to take the focus off of his position as a father, and look at Abraham as a kind of Biblical poster person for what it takes to receive God’s promised children. As that poster person he is an example for, not only fathers, in the faith, but mothers in the faith, as well as sisters and brothers – even children in the faith, all of these relationships of the faith are of the faith of Abraham.
The thing that qualified Abraham to be a “Father of the Faith,” or anything else “in the faith,” for that matter, is that his body was past dead. Figuratively speaking, the day before God made His promise of the “stars of the sky” to Abraham, Abraham’s confidence or lack of confidence as the case may be was based on the circumstances of his flesh.
As New Covenant people – as citizens of the New Jerusalem that comes down from Heaven, we are children of the free woman, as Paul points out in Galatians 4:22-31. The primary thing we are free of is the flesh. “Flesh and Blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God,” 1 Corinthians 15:50.
If we are still walking in confusion where this matter of flesh and relationship is concerned, we are relational disasters looking for a place to happen. In the moment I have particularly in mind moral failure.
We have to come to a place where we are already dead to our own flesh and its claims. That was Abraham, when God promised Him the “Stars of the sky,” Hebrews 11:11-13. My focus for present purpose is not about timing or race or so many of the other issues about which we tend to miss the point, but about spiritual relationships, their source, safety and keeping. The Kingdom of God is in the Holy Spirit!
It is past time for our eyes to be open to what God is doing relationally, and cease and desist from what we have been doing relationally! We are drowning in relational isolation, imitation, and moral failure, depending on how our thinking continues to be oriented in the flesh.
God help us to see the unspeakable gift of You in one another, and in a way that impacts the world around us to the praise of Your Glory.