Did anyone notice how Abram’s father Terah was on his way to the land of Canaan — before God asked Abram to go to Canaan — but stopped, settled and died at Haran?
“This is the account of Terah’s family. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot. One day Terah took his son Abram, his daughter-in-law Sarai (his son Abram’s wife), and his grandson Lot (his son Haran’s child) and moved away from Ur of the Chaldeans. He was headed for the land of Canaan, but they stopped at Haran and settled there. Terah lived for 205 years and died while still in Haran.” — Genesis 11:27, 31-32 NLT
“The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” — Genesis 12:1-3 NLT
Holy Spirit highlighted Terah’s bit in God’s grand scheme and rescue plan. He gives me the understanding that when God calls us, it’s generational… because He’s so detailed and about processes. He allows one generation start and stop where the next generation starts and stops… in continuum. Like a relay. Only that this time, there is an accumulation of some sort with the next generation who the baton gets passed to. An equipping that — when they acknowledge God in their ways — enables them surpass the deeds and accomplishments of the former generation. No wonder He says the former shall be greater than the latter. (In the world today, it’s like the formers don’t like it when latters are greater. I don’t get it… Actually, I do understand why, but I digress).
Think of technology… phones and OSes. The iPhone or Androids usually improve by the version to do much more or better than the previous version. Usually, but not always. Whether the not always is intentional for more buy ins or because sometimes, their makers don’t just know there’d be glitches because they’re not prepared or all knowing; na them know.
Think of our families and how we hopefully improve by the generation. Some of us are benefactors of generational blessings or will be the first to make a name for our families in a long time. And that’s speaking of earthly blessings and wealth. When we now consider being earthly and spiritually blessed by “virtue l’of” God’s promise to Abraham… even His promises to Abraham were like a 100.0 upgrade to His covenant with Noah… and he, Abraham, came into the scenes like 10 generations after Noah.
God is about process. His rescue plan not withstanding. And because His counsel stands, all things, all creation and everything done and Word spoken… including our words (thoughts, ideas, imaginations, deeds, misdeeds)… all things from the beginning and the middle, run to catch up with the end and establishment of His Word.
He could’ve saved us in an instant, but He decided to roll out the carpet for generations to unravel so that His rescue plan — accomplished through Jesus Christ our Saviour — which He had in motion from the beginning would come and sit smack in the middle or right where it sat on this carpet when He walked the earth and accomplished His finished works; and continue on through generations till Jesus Christ comes again in the clouds for His bride.
💡moment: I just realised our words aren’t just what we speak. Speech asin sound, is the product of what we think which stems from what’s in our hearts. Then there’s actions — deeds and misdeeds and their consequences — which lay on the other end of what we speak.
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he [in behavior—one who manipulates]. He says to you, “Eat and drink,” Yet his heart is not with you [but it is begrudging the cost].”
Proverbs 23:7 AMP
Now thinking about:
“You brood of vipers, how can you speak good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. The good man, from his [inner] good treasure, brings out good things; and the evil man, from his [inner] evil treasure, brings out evil things. But I tell you, on the day of judgment people will have to give an accounting for every careless or useless word they speak. For by your words [reflecting your spiritual condition] you will be justified and acquitted of the guilt of sin; and by your words [rejecting Me] you will be condemned and sentenced.” — Matthew 12:34-37 AMP
I think God slows down the process of His rescue plan to allow His Word and Spirit saturate us like how marination works to completely saturate whatever we season. The longer it sits, the tastier it gets from beyond the outside to the inside. I think He also slows it down to give us the opportunity to humbly come to Him. To come to our senses when we realise our sinful folly — as He enables us — and turn back to face Him.
““When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” — Luke 15:17-20 NLT
Scripture helps us see that sin reaches its full measure. Sin matures and when it does, God comes through. In the Old Testament, His coming through meant wrath for whomever. In the New Testament, Jesus changed the game for God’s come through from wrath to mercy. Things had to get to the point they reached through the generations for Jesus to come the first time just like they have to continue on through generations for Him to come again.
What we do, how we live, everything we accomplish physically, importantly, spiritually continues on from where we stop. The moment He gave me this understanding, I stopped living just for myself. He started helping me consider my unborn children, in hopes that He’d help them consider their unborn children… in continuum for thousands of generations. He started helping me consider, hope, believe and have faith in behalf of not just my family or friends. Think about it.
“So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!” Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.” Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!” Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.” — Acts of the Apostles 2:36-41 NLT
Where we start and end up stopping spurs the next generation in continuity. All for God’s glory to be seen, acknowledged and proclaimed in all the earth and for the sake of His Son Jesus Christ. When we don’t do things with Him, He is still glorified. When we now do the things we do by His Spirit’s enablement, it’s all the more reason for His glorification.
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