The Angel of the Lord and the Bondwoman

Jesus also revealed Himself through Hagar, one of Sarah’s maids. Abram and Sarai (who god later named Abraham and Sarah)  were waiting for God to fulfill His promise of a child.  They decided to try to do it their way in their timing instead of God’s so Abraham had a child through one of his servants.Why do we always think we have a better way than God?   God’s ways are ALWAYS better than our ways.  It never works out when we try to do things on our own.  . This case was no different.  And Hagar was caught in the middle of it.  But Jesus came to Hagar and gave her comfort. Continue reading “The Angel of the Lord and the Bondwoman”

Wrestling with God

In our discussions about Jesus, the instances referred to Him as “The Angel of the Lord.”  There are also instance that He appears and is described differently.  In some cases, we are not sure it is actually Jesus, or God the Father, or The Holy Spirit, but there are some clues and there is a good indication that it is Jesus.  Regardless, we know it is God and it does point to our Savior, The Messiah, Jesus Christ.  In each case, there is a lesson for us.  One lesson that is common throughout scripture, is to trust in the Lord. Continue reading “Wrestling with God”

The Angel of the Lord and Moses

Jesus appears several times in the Old Testament as “The Angel of the Lord.”  In the last post, we learned that He appeared to Abraham, showing us that there will be a substitute for the sacrifice of sins, and He would be that substitute, God’s one and only Son to redeem us.  In Exodus, Jesus appears to Moses in the burning bush.  He would call Moses to be a “savior” of his people, and to eventually bring the law to show everyone that they fall short and need a savior.  Ironically, it would be in the same place that God provides the ten commandments where He first encounters Moses to send him to His Chosen People. Continue reading “The Angel of the Lord and Moses”

The Angel of the Lord…The Lamb of God

Jesus reveals Himself throughout the Bible…even in the Old Testament.  The Old Testament points us to Christ.  Throughout the OT, God shows that we are sinners.  He also shows that He loves us and provides a sacrifice for our sins, a way to eternal life.  He shows us that He desires our heart.  He is a God of mercy and love.  The covenant He made with Abraham goes far beyond His Chosen People, the Israelites.  He will bless all the nations through His Son, who would be the Lamb of sacrifice for us. Continue reading “The Angel of the Lord…The Lamb of God”

What is Your Foundation?

Sorry for no posts for a while, but I was on a mission trip in Haiti and we had no internet.  What a blessing!  One of the  things we did was lay the foundation for a new church building.  While I was out there pouring cement, a five gallon bucket at a time, so many parallels came to mind about laying a foundation for the church, on stony ground, with thorn bushes here and there, the hot sun beating on us, but God is in control and Christ is our true foundation, the chief cornerstone.  The church service we had was wonderful, 41 people and 25 of them children.  Although it was in Creole, we had one universal language and that was our love and faith in Jesus Christ.  The people here were very passionate in their worship and with things like voodoo in this land, their faith (as well as spiritual battles) is very real. Continue reading “What is Your Foundation?”