Before and After

Psalm 105:1–11, 37–45; Genesis 21:1–7; Hebrews 1:8–12

“Remember the wondrous works he has done…”

It would be nice to say that part of the culture and religious prices of the Jews made them different than others. Christians don’t have that luxury. We are the ual descendants of Abraham. The wondrous works of did not begin with the Cross, or even ’ birth in the manger, they began with, “Let there light.”

Christianity, or perhaps we should say the Western European iteration of it (including the US and Canada), has broken much of that lineage. As the evangelical church “discovers” church traditions such as Lent, it is starting to learn a little bit about church history.

Most Western Christians probably know more about their respective country’s history (and other Western European countries’) history than they know of Christian history except for where the two crossed. The history of the church around the world is as varied as the s and the peoples it has imped.

All of history is filled with the “wondrous works he has done.” Too often, however, we think more about human ion rather than . We also forget that so many things (the sun rising, the full moon, the wind, our very breath) are wondrous things, no matter how small and simple they appear to be.

Isaac was Abraham’s and Sarah’s proof of ’s wondrous works (just as any child is). Sarah was held to account when she laughed when ’s messenger promised that Sarah would be pregnant. Abraham probably laughed when Sarah became pregnant and a son was born. Maybe, just maybe, they d Isaac (he laughed) because they thought had “the last laugh.”

How we look to the past influences the future. As the author of Hebrews quoted from Psalms, is everlasting. The author of Hebrews (I cannot wait to confirm who wrote it) affirms that is everlasting. Long after our history disappears, will be there. Yet, that doesn’t absolve us from continually ing what has done.


What has been doing in your recently? Are any doors closing? Are any doors opening?


Lord, we don’t know the future, and we are far too tied to the past we think we know, keeping the future bound to misunderstanding. Help us to open our eyes and heart to the future that you have for us while helping the past. Amen.

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.