Monday, January 20, 2014

Yahweh, Day 20

Day 20 Yahweh: The Outstretched Arm

This is the picture of not just reaching out to humanity … and not just reaching out to specific members of humanity … which is and was a revolutionary concept in and of itself … that the Yahweh would actually reach out to a human at all … the eternal one reaching into the physical world of corruption … but with much greater wonder we consider this reaching out … that thing which we call … adoption.

We saw yesterday the three fold character of God presented in our Genesis text … now … the Angel of God says that he reaches out with an outstretched arm to redeem … this redemption being not simply the basic act of redemption … the buying back what had been lost … but the Genesis account gives us greater understanding of the greatness of Yahweh’s heart in that this is also a powerful picture of … adoption.

Yahweh the Eternal One … is reaching out to humans … a divine act of adoption into the “family” of the Very Yahweh … with full privileges and inheritance.

That is the redemption in Genesis 48:16-17 “The Angel who has redeemed me … may they be called by my name … saw that his father had placed his right hand on Ephraim’s head…”

Exodus  6:6  “Therefore tell the Israelites: I am Yahweh, and I will deliver you from the forced labor of the Egyptians and free you from slavery to them. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and great acts of judgment.”  (HCSB)

Genesis 48:16 “…The Angel who has redeemed me from all harm— may He bless these boys.  And may they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they grow to be numerous within the land.” (HCSB)

Intercessory Prayer:  Oh Dear Father!  You have redeemed us by the precious blood of Your Son!  And, You have not just redeemed us … You have brought us into Your family as sons and daughters … with full privileges … we sit at Your table.  You are amazing!  In Jesus Name.  Amen.



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