Friday, February 22, 2013

Preparing for Easter ~ Mark of Remembrance


[God...made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus. Hebrews 13:20 MSG
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore the visible evidence that identifies us as faithful followers of Jesus. Can others see Jesus in our lives? ~ Donna Oswalt]

Then Abraham planted at tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there called on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God.

 Abimelech wants to form a treaty with Abraham to reconcile a dispute over a well. As noted in the verses preceding this Scripture, Abimelech recognizes Abraham’s evident blessings and provision from God saying, “God is with you in all that you do.” They make a covenant, a binding agreement, at Beersheba regarding the well. This is the first time covenant is used to imply an agreement between two equals, much like a business contract today. Abraham’s planting of the tamarisk tree would long mark the place where this covenant was made. Abraham called on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God, unashamed to be worshiping the Eternal God. In centuries to come, Beersheba would mark the most southern boundary of Israel’s land.

There are memorials of all types in the world today. Statues and monuments, walls of remembrance, fountains and etched stones mark the places and people and events that have influenced or changed our way of life or understanding of living. Museums are full of artifacts that mark time with memorabilia, art, invention, and communication. What are your marks of remembrance of a faithful God?
  • Does remembering my promises to God affect my witness of the Everlasting God? 
  • How often do I forget God’s never-ending faithfulness to me?

 Everlasting God, find me humbled by Your Goodness and unchanging, faithful nature. At the foot of Your cross, I find the mark of remembrance that heals my broken places, that reminds me to worship the LORD, the Everlasting God. ~ dho

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