HAVING LUNCH WITH ABRAHAM
Abraham’s well, Beersheba Israel
When you go to heaven which person from the Bible do you most want to meet? God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit not included! My list is very very long… Mary, the Apostles, James the brother of Jesus, Adam, Eve, David, all the Prophets, Moses, Joshua and Caleb,Mary Magdalene, Mary and Martha and Lazarus, Jabez, the woman at the well, Barnabas and Silas… The list goes on and on. Thankfully, I will have all eternity to meet and talk and be with other saints! What I would really like is if there was a large video-type screen and we could see all the bible played out in real-time and have each person involved narrate it. And even better would be if I could step into it too.I want to see the land, know the customs, learn everyone’s thoughts, hear how everyone came to faith in Jesus! I always fancied having lunch with Abraham outside his tent! It would probably be hot and full of sand and wonderful dishes like figs, and date honey. I’d be sitting on a big Bedouin rug and probably be able to smell the camels!
The life of Abraham, the father of the Jews and a great believer, intrigues me! Not only the twists and turns of his eventful life, but his ever pursuing faith in the one true God!
There is so so much about this man and his life I would like to tell you! About his covenant with God that makes me weep, the way he left his land and followed a God that he had just met, the way he and Sara longed for children and why. The 3 day walk to Mount Moriah with his only son. The terror, joy and faithfulness in getting his son back. But for right now, let’s talk about his faith!
God made a covenant with Abram (name before he believed). A covenant is a promise, but better than a promise. It is deep and rich and cannot be broken unless by death. God promised Abram that he would be the father of a great nation, that He would give Abram land for eternity, and more. Abram mean “great father” and was this childless man-of-faith’s name. He was 75 years old when God made these astounding promises to him!
Abram must have really held on to those promises, because years passed and no children. He and his wife Sari (her name before God changed it) were well past child bearing years! Decades passed… and yet Abram still believed his God and promises!
The first time the word “believed” appears in the Bible is in Genesis 15:6. Let me set the stage for you…
Abe is closing on 90 or 100 and God appears to him once again. God tells Abram to not fear, that He (God) would be his shield (protection) and that Abram’s reward from God would be very great. (Genesis 15:1)
Abram tells God right away that he is still childless. Abraham remembered God’s covenant promise to him! Against all human odds, Abraham knows that God is bigger than any small detail, such as being past the age of bearing children. I love this. Abram is reminding God of His promise!!! Abram is persistent!
God then takes Abram outside (was Abe in his big tent with God?) and shows Abram the stars of the sky. I can just imagine it. The dark, dark night sky in the desolate desert…cooled from the heat and sun of the day. Abram wrapping himself in his cloak and stepping out into the night with the heavens filled to overflowing with twinkling stars!
God says to Abram, “Count the stars, if you are able to count them. So shall your descendants be”.
Then the bible tells us something magnificent… “Then he (Abram) believed in the Lord and He (God) reckoned it to him as righteousness. (Gen 15:6).
Abram believed that God was going to make his descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky! He believed that God was who He said he was and was able to do what He said He was going to do. And his belief was reckoned, an accounting term, or put on his account ledger as righteousness or being in right standing with God! Once you are truly in right standing with God you always are! Amazing!
The root word for believe is transliterated from the original Hebrew as “emunah” said “em-MOO-hah”. It is translated as “believe” in English or “pistis” in Greek. But “emunah” carries a much deeper meaning! To believe or “pistis” is to assent to a factual statement. Or to agree to the truth of something.
The kind of belief that Abram had was an “emunah” belief. It was an “emunah” belief that lead God to change Abram’s name to Abraham, meaning “father of a great nation”. This old childless man whose name meant great father now became Abraham the father of a great nation!
Abraham “emunah”. It is much deeper and richer than our meaning of believe. It has the same broad meaning as when God calls us to have faith (belief) in Him. If we only believe that there is a God that does not credit us as righteous. James 2:10 says. “the demons believe in God and shudder”. We see the demons during the time Jesus walked on earth calling Him the SON OF THE MOST HIGH GOD. They knew who He was. They believed in God but their belief did not win them salvation! Just knowing that there is a God is not “emunah”.
Like Abraham, we are called to a belief, an “emuah” belief… that sees God and assents to belief in Him and believing thrusts us to a place of rrepentanceof a life lived not for Him but for ourselves. It contains the idea of steadfastness and persistence in our commitment to God. A life of faithfulness!
So, when things get hard… and they will… and it does not seem like God is who He says He is or will do what He says He will do, that we “emuah”! We keep on persistently believing and bowing our knee to our God and committing ourselves to Him and Him alone! We will “emuah” believe and know that HE IS and HE CAN and HE WILL no matter the circumstances!
Yes, when I get to heaven Abraham and I will have lunch and a long, long talk! I have so much to ask him. If you have that “emuah” belief in Jesus why don’t you join us! We will make it a feast!
Yvonne…..wonderful insights…..and clarity what true faith in God is…..and is not! I would love to join you on your picnic with Abraham!
I have been following your blog for only a few months. (I am a late bloomer when it comes to blogs). I especially enjoy your Sunday Scriptures. Thank you for sharing your journey and your walk with The Lord. My husband and I find ourselves in the position of looking for a new church. What suggestions would you have for our search? So far we have been rather haphazard in our search.
Angela, I know full well about searching for a church. 4 years ago we too had to find one. Keep praying! Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you! Find a solid bible believing church!Visit lots of churches and talk to the leadership of each church. Interview them. And you will find the right church and then get involved and use the gifts God has given you to glorify Him and serve the body! I will put you on my prayer list.
Angela – John Macarthur has some great insight on this very thing http://www.gty.org/Resources/Questions/QA121
You write so well. Yes I would love to have lunch with so many biblical people. How much we could learn?
So enjoyed this post….I will be there!
Hello Yvonne, I love your blog, but especially love reading “Sunday Scripture“. Thank you for being so inspiring in everything that you do.
Good morning Yvonne, I always look forward to your Sunday Scriptures. Brings me peace and calmness. Thank you, Kathleen in Phx
Dear Yvonne, Like so many others, I look forward to your Sunday Scriptures blog each week! It is always encouraging and inspiring to me. I am also looking forward to meeting the people of the Bible when I get to Heaven!
Blessings and thanks,
Such a beautiful and encouraging post! That is our struggle isn’t it? To believe when everything around us is screaming that we don’t have what we are believing for. It is so good to be able to look back at Abraham’s life for a how-to on faith!
I want to have lunch with everyone! The saints, my ancestors whom I know were believers, friends who have gone before – and you!!!! I’ll save a place for you (being that I’m OLD, I figure I’ll be there before you!).
By the way, you express the truth so beautifully – thank you.
Thank you for writing your Sunday Scriptures. I find them uplifting. Your words remind me to believe in my faith in God’s promises, and you paint vivid scenes that bring the scriptures alive.
I will look for you in heaven.
It’s a date!
Dear Yvonne ,
Your story was BEAUTIFUL ! Your words brought Abraham to life, You are a very talented writer. I actually came to CedarHill farmhouse site to look up tutorial for smocked drop cloths! Amazing how the Good Lord works! Thanks for your words of wisdom .
I will check in on your blog from now on ! Ttyl, Jill
Hi Jill~ Welcome to the StoneGable family!!!
A beautiful post, God bless. xo
Thank you for Sunday Scripture. Thank you for sharing your faith with your readers. What an inspiration you are to me. Bless you!
Thank you so much for such an honest heart felt post ,God Bless and have a Holy Week. Joy from Kentucky.
I’m home sick today from work and found you through Pinterest. My day has turned into Blessing and I praise God for you. Thank you for bringing beauty to my home (I can’t wait to implement your ideas to my country home) and joy to my heart! I’ll be at the picnic 🙂
Hi Kimberly, Welcome to the StoneGable family! So sorry to hear that you are sick… but tickled pink that I brightened your day! Prayers for you healing!!!
This post was even more soothing and uplifting to my heart as your pictures and your tutorials are! You are very right…..hard times when God is silent and seems far away call for ’emanuh’. Thank you for the reminder.