Stars of Hope

Genesis 22:15–18, Deuteronomy 1:10, Isaiah 54:1–10, Romans 4:13–25 (read online ⧉)

Twice God d Abraham (and once for Jacob) that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. Imagine all the stars without our modern lights drowning them out. For Abraham that was a beyond expectation, and certainly beyond anything that God needed to for Abraham’s obedience. God made this of God’s own free will.

As inheritor’s of God’s , Moses reminded the Israelites of God’s fulfilled prior to their entry into the Promised Land. The Israelites were the result of Abraham’s faithfulness. That God was faithful gave them as they entered the d land, as long as they listened to God.

Often keeping the flame of going is a challenge while everyone else’s seems to be a huge successful bonfire. The of uncountable descendants is extraordinarily painful when one is childless. Isaiah speaks of Israel that has no children. This symbolic Israel is God’s faithful bride. She has no children of faith, for they have all left the faith. The enemies of and in the world have drawn her offspring away from the Water of Life. God, however, s the now barren Israel will have innumerable children.

This is what Paul is referring to as the Promise of Faith. Being the Father of Nations (Abraham) is no longer an issue of blood, but the fulfillment of the faith that Abraham showed to God and those that put their in Jesus. Through Jesus, we all become part of “the blood” of Abraham, and part of the “s” that he fathered.

1) Why do you think Isaiah used barren as a of ?

2) Why is important to recall the fulfilled s of God? What does it do for us?

FD) Why do you think often symbolized by a flame?