Word’s of Christ from Luke
Passage #2 Lesson 4
1 Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers. 2 Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
The format I proposed for the next few lessons require that I join together the themes of servant-hood with the theme of “Christ the Bread of Life”
My customary reading of the scripture was also outlined. This Tuesday as I was reading the theme of servant-hood came through in each of my readings.
My first reading was chapter 18 in Genesis. Abraham was sitting in front of his tent in the heat of the day. Three visitors approached his tent. He was not the least bit cautious in his approach to them. One may have thought, Abraham would have reached for a weapon, summoned members of his family, a hired man, or a servant asking them to stand by ready to defend himself and his aging wife Sarah from the yet distant visitors.
Not so, he knew immediately who was approaching him. Previous encounters had made him anxious and excited about these visitors. He did not wait for their arrival but hurried to meet them and this rich man of means prostrated himself before the visitors.
His greeting to them was that of an inferior to a master and his prostrated position was testimony to his inferior status.
“If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by. Let a little water be brought, and then you can wash your feet and rest under this tree. Let me get you something to eat.
These do not sound like the words of an important rich man who owns many slaves and servants of his own does it?
Where had he encountered this person and his companions so that he immediately recognized their superior status to his own? Why was he willing to throw caution to the wind and rush to them?
Chapter 12 of Genesis get’s right into a dialog between Abraham and “The Lord.” Interestingly “a command”, of sorts, these are the first words we read directed to Abraham. “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land “I” will show you.
The next words are a promise or a commitment from the Lord. “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. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all people on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abraham left, as the Lord had told him.
Upon Abraham’s arrival in Canaan, Who appears but the Lord? Who owns the land. “To your offspring “I” will give this land. Abraham erected an altar to the Lord where they had met.
Abraham had been accompanied by his nephew Lot when he, at the age of seventy, had departed Haran the home of his father for Canaan.
Abraham and his nephew, Lot, each had great wealth. They had many slaves, servants and flocks. The land was getting to small and the water to scarce to support them.
As Arguments began to occur between them and their family and their servants they decided to separate. Abraham the man of character and confidant of “The Lord” allowed Lot to choose the land he desired. Lot quickly chose the plush and well watered land of the Jordon plain.
The Lord reaffirms his promise to Abraham once more. “Lift up your eyes from where you are and look North and south and east and west. All the land that you see I will give you and your offspring forever. I will make you offspring like the dust of the earth so that if anyone could count the dust then your offspring could be counted. Go walk through the breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.
Due to the length of this lesson I will leave it to you to explore chapters 15-17 to discover other appearances conversations and covenants from “The Lord” to Abraham.
It should be rather apparent that though Abraham was a wealthy and powerful man, he was aware of and intimately acquainted with “The Lord.”
Abraham at the start of this lesson is offering himself as servant and seeing to the provision of earthly bread to one who is either the “Bread of all Life” present and future or the Father of “the bread of life” with which Abraham was often conversant.
Abraham’s recognition of the yet distant visitors;
His haste in approaching them
and prostrating himself before them as a servant should be understandable as Abraham recognized “The Lord.”