February 21, 2015

Love in Action

When Jesus taught on earth, there was an unmistakable theme to His teaching: He taught love. What does this mean in practice?

In the life of Jesus we see Him healing broken people, forgiving sin, raising the dead, encouraging the downtrodden, and yes, castigating the hypocrites. In His earthly ministry Jesus focused on restoring people, giving hope to a people whose church leaders were guilty of religious malpractice.

In the narrative of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael, and Isaac, emphasize the places where God brings restoration and healing to the characters. God is interested in doing something special in the life of Abraham and Sarah, in spite of their clumsy attempts to help Him. Hagar gets swept up in the mix and fails God, but God blesses her and Ishmael. Isaac’s life is saved when God provides a ram for the sacrifice. God looks for opportunities in our lives to show His wondrous love.