With the proto-history complete, the redactor of Genesis seeks to begin the story of God’s Election of the Chosen People who would come to be known as the Israelites. Abram is called forth from Ur and told to place his life in the hands of a God who will lead him to a new place where he will have land, progeny and blessing. These three promises provide a framework within which to interpret the Old Testament. It is only in Jesus that they will be definitively fulfilled, and even then only to those with faith in Christ.
1 The LORD said to Abram: “Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the communities of the earth shall find blessing in you.” 4 Abram went as the LORD directed him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. 5 Abram took his wife Sarai, his brother’s son Lot, all the possessions that they had accumulated, and the persons they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, 6 Abram passed through the land as far as the sacred place at Shechem, by the terebinth of Moreh. (The Canaanites were then in the land.) 7 The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” So Abram built an altar there to the LORD who had appeared to him. 8 From there he moved on to the hill country east of Bethel, pitching his tent with Bethel to the west and Ai to the east. He built an altar there to the LORD and invoked the LORD by name. 9 Then Abram journeyed on by stages to the Negeb.
P S A L M
Psalm 33:12-13, 18-19, 20, 22
R: Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
12 Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he has chosen for his own inheritance. 13 From heaven the LORD looks down; he sees all mankind. (R) 18 See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him, upon those who hope for his kindness, 19 to deliver them from death and preserve them in spite of famine. (R) 20 Our soul waits for the LORD, who is our help and our shield. 22 May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us who have put our hope in you. (R)
G O S P E L
Casting judgment on another is an inherently dangerous practice as such an act immediately sets the standard with which one invites judgment upon one’s own actions. Any understanding less than this is tantamount to hypocrisy. The challenge that faces us is one that can be placed in the following way: Be sure to see that one’s own life is free of sin before setting out to accuse others of sin. Or in the words of an old adage: “Practice what you preach” or else keep quiet.
1 “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. 2 For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. 3 Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye? 5 You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”
think: “Practice what you preach” or else keep quiet.
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