More Than a Pinky Swear

Readings (These are the readings for January 5)
Genesis 13-15,
Matthew 5:1-26

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13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “Have no doubt that your descendants will live as immigrants in a land that isn’t their own, where they will be oppressed slaves for four hundred years. 14 But after I punish the nation they serve, they will leave it with great wealth. 15 As for you, you will join your ancestors in peace and be buried after a good long life. 16 The fourth generation will return here since the Amorites’ wrongdoing won’t have reached its peak until then.” (Genesis 15:13-16, Common English Bible)

I have seen it many times over the past few years, “The Pinky Swear.” It causes me to wonder, when did a promise start requiring something more than a promise? When was it that our word was no longer good enough? Why is it that when we think we need something more than just a promise that locking pinky fingers with someone is a better promise than my word alone?

It wasn’t that long ago, that a witness in the courtroom used to swear on the Bible. When we swear in presidents and other public leaders, we still swear them in with hand on the Bible.

In today’s lesson, God is again making a covenant with Abram. It causes me to ask the question (and I will answer it as well), what is a covenant? Well, it is something more than a pinky swear. It is more than when one might swear on a Bible. It is more than a promise. Some would say a covenant is like a contract. It is close but is a more solemn act.

A covenant, when related to the Bible, according to dictionary.com is:

The conditional promises made to humanity by God, as revealed in Scripture.
The agreement between God and the ancient Israelites, in which God promised to protect them if they kept His law and were faithful to Him.

In our lesson, God is making a solemn covenant with Abram. God is promising Abram that his descendants will inherit the land on which he stands. It won’t be anything easy. The Israelites had to go through slavery first. Because of their unfaithfulness, they would wander in the desert for forty years.

Abram was trying to learn when God makes a covenant, a pinky swear as it were, God is more faithful than we. God will always keep a covenant made with an individual or with a group. It may not always be easy but God will see it through.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

P.S. The new year has started with an incredibly busy week for me. I know I have not made two posts on time. I apologize for that. I promise (pinky swear) I will strive to do better. Keith

 

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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