Genesis 26:2-5 (NIV) 2The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. 3Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. 4I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, 5because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.”
Genesis 28:3-5 (NIV) 3May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples. 4May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now reside as a foreigner, the land God gave to Abraham.” 5Then Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, who was the mother of Jacob and Esau.
The passages of scripture that we are assigned today declare to us, through the clues, that God is sending a solution to all of humanity’s problems. The first clue was in Genesis 3; the clues continue to be given and developed from one generation to another. As they were given to Abraham, they were also given to Abraham’s son, Isaac, and then transferred to Jacob. Jacob’s name was changed to Israel after he wrestled with God and prevailed, and the Nation Israel was birthed.
A nation, or community of people, was established and this nation will take possession of a land that has been promised for eternity. As the centuries pass, throughout the writings of history, we read about the struggle that takes place over a piece of land. We could say that the whole world turns around a piece of land and a community of people called Israelites or Jews.
Throughout the years this nation is looking to the clues in prophecy to be fulfilled by the establishment of an eternal King - a Messiah, one who is anointed by God to rule for eternity - giving peace to Israel and, thereby, the rest of the world.
God’s promise, revealed through clues, is given to real individuals. God’s desire is to have relationship with people.
Think back to how you came to know Christ as your personal Saviour. What were the clues that made you aware of your need for a Saviour? If you have not received Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour, list the clues that have already revealed something about God to you.
Memory Verse: Romans 1:20 (NIV)
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.