Psalm 22:23–31; Genesis 15:1–6, 12–18; Romans 3:21–31

You are by . Yes, you. If you are reading this, and are not a believer in Jesus Christ, you are by . If you are Jewish, and not a believer in Jesus Christ, you are part of ’s Chosen People. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you are a child of .

Whether non-Christian Jew, Messianic Jew, or Christian, we are called to praise, honor, and stand in awe of . Actually, we are all (believer or not) called to praise, honor, and stand in awe of .

All too often, though, modern people make judgments about when they do not understand the significance of the stories. The story of Abraham and the smoking pot is a story of vast significance, especially when we talk about this passage in Romans.

The symbolism of everything surrounding the smoking pot can be summarized. made a covenant with Abraham. Abraham made a covenant with . The penalty for breaking the covenant: death. took the place of Abraham and as the covenanter who would pay the price upon violation of the covenant.

“… displayed Jesus as the place of …”—Romans 3:25

Sometimes writing too much takes away from the Scriptures. This is one of those times. Read again the passage from Romans with the knowledge or reminder that had promised to die long before Israel (Jacob) was even born.

※Reflection※

  • What does this tell you about ?
  • What does this tell you about us?
  • What are you going to do with this?

※Prayer※

Lord, let us not forget that you knew the price of loving us while maintaining your holiness. Thank you for your unending grace, mercy, and love. Amen.

Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at