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Join with us this Advent season as we walk with our forefathers and mothers in the faith and experience together with them the anticipation building from the opening chapters of Genesis through the whole history of Israel toward the first coming of Jesus Christ in Luke 2, the Word who became flesh and “made His dwelling among us.”

“I will be their God, and they will be My people.” This is the constant refrain of Scripture, from the Book of Genesis to the closing of John’s Revelation (See Genesis 17:7-8; 2 Samuel 7:24; Jeremiah 7:23; 2 Corinthians 6:16-17; 1 Peter 2:9-10; Revelation 21:3). God desires to dwell with the people He made, even when we were separated from Him by sin. 

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Shame. Embarrassment. Hopelessness. Sorrow.

Can you imagine the avalanche of emotions Adam and Eve felt as they stood in front of their Maker?

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In yesterday’s devotional for Genesis 3:15, we read that the conqueror of the serpent-tempter (i.e. Satan) would be a man born of a woman. In other words, the promised deliverer would be a male child, a human offspring. Sin entered the world through a man and woman, and the world would be redeemed through a man born of a woman (Romans 5:17; Galatians 4:4).

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Imagine God telling you to go, and He would bring great blessing. There is one caveat, though: the destination is unknown. 

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In Genesis 12, out of the blue God tells Abram, “I will make you a great nation.”  What an amazing promise, especially for a childless man. Seemingly, there is nothing particularly special about Abram. The Bible doesn’t provide a resume or a tribute video for him. The simple description for Abram was that he believed God and obeyed what God told him to obey.

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The story of Jesus is not restricted to the confines of the New Testament. Rather, Jesus always has been and always will be. John 1:1 reads that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” and verse 14 tells us that “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

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Plucked from slavery, promised a new land, fallen to disobedience; Israel returned the Lord’s great act of mercy with a half-hearted refusal to enter the Promised Land. More than disobedience along the way, Israel stood at the borders of the land, unable to trust God over their enemies.

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