Pastor’s Letter – May 1, 2020 – As For Me

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

Genesis 17:1

Dear Church and Friends,

We all make vows especially at important points during our life. Those of us who are married remember the vow we took before witnesses during the wedding ceremony. Most vows are specific and personal; they include words like I, me, mine, and my.

There are lots of these in the Bible. One famous vow is made by Joshua when he said, “as for me and my house” in the last chapter of his book. All of these vows are made by men before and to other men and to God.

Today, we come to a vow that is made by the Lord to Abraham. How sure is a vow made by the Lord? How tender this vow appears!

  • As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. (Genesis 17:4)

In chapter 17 we find an old Abram. He is ninety-nine years old when the Lord appears to him. The Almighty has chosen him alone to be in covenant with, a covenant that extends to the church, his descendants by faith. He swears by himself to a man! What a marvelous example of sovereign grace.

Music: Jesus, Strong and Kind by CityALight.

Prayer Request: Please pray for the upcoming National Day of Prayer. Follow the link and watch a message from the NDP national director, Kathy Branzell.

Catechism: The Principles of the Christian Religion.

Question 106: What does the breaking of bread and the pouring of wine represent?

Answer: The sufferings whereby our Savior was broken for our iniquities, the shedding of his precious blood, and pouring our of his soul unto death.

Question 107: What does the receiving of the bread and wine represent?

Answer: The receiving of Christ by faith?

“To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.”

All my best.

As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

Genesis 17:4

Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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