Advent: Monday Dec 19

Genesis 17:15-22

God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.” Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said to himself, “Can a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Can Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” And Abraham said to God, “O that Ishmael might live in your sight!” God said, “No, but your wife Sarah shall bear you a son, and you shall name him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard you; I will bless him and make him fruitful and exceedingly numerous; he shall be the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this season next year.” And when he had finished talking with him, God went up from Abraham.

[The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]

Questions:

What Advent themes do you hear in these words?

How do we make sense of such glorious promises in light of The Crucified God/as theologians of the Cross?

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2 comments

  1. About eight years ago I participated in an online Bible study group in which this passage was examined. That study was the first time I had really thought about the blessing of Ishmael. To me that spoke to and still speaks of the inclusiveness of God and connectedness of us all, especially in relation to our Muslim cousins. It made me more open and curious to watch for God’s presence among and within people I may not have expected before.

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