GENESIS 17, MATTHEW 16, NEHEMIAH 6, ACTS 16
 
 

Genesis 17:1-2
“I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.”

El-Shaddi (God Almighty) is a new name for God used by Abram in this verse.

Check God's Names as Revealed in Genesis for a more detailed explanation of El-Shaddi.   

Genesis 17:3-4 
"Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, 'Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations.'" 

This covenant is not the first that God made with man, nor is it the last, because of the new covenant promised in Jeremiah 31:31-34.  However, it is an important one throughout scripture.  In the rest of Genesis 17, God Almighty tells Abraham eleven times what He will do because of this covenant.  This covenant is an everlasting promise made to Abraham, passed through Isaac, to his offspring.  Ultimately, the promise is "I will be their God."  In Romans 9:8, Paul refers to these as "children of the promise."  Galatians 3 and 4 describe the depth of meaning of this covenant made by God Almighty.   Galatians 3:29 says, "If you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise."  In Galatians 4:28 we are told: "you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise."  Since Isaac was a "miracle" child (Genesis 17:15-17, Romans 4:19) so too are those who believe in Jesus Christ.  Just as it was the activity of God Almighty that caused Isaac's birth, so also is the action of God Almighty in providing new birth for all who are in Christ. 

God Almighty, I thank You and praise Your Holy name for including me in that list of children of the promise.  

Nehemiah 6:1-15
I think Nehemiah understood Matthew 10:16 before Jesus spoke, "Behold, I am sending you out as a sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves".  Nehemiah was definitely in the midst of wolves, both outside and inside the camp. 

Father, thank You for the example of men like Nehemiah, who with single-mindedness fulfill the task You gave them.  May I have the same single focus.  

Acts 16:22-25
"About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,"  Acts 16:25

After being beaten with rods, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God!  Reading this event convicts me.  Why am I so easily silenced when confronted with significantly less rejection?  

Forgive me Father for so easily being defeated when persecution comes my way.  Strengthen me to be praying and singing hymns to You in the middle of my distress so that hopefully the other prisoners will listen.

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