Key points from the sermon:
Last week we saw that Ezra rejoiced in our God of creation. This week we’ll see Ezra rejoice in our God of promise.
In this passage, we see that God is doing all of the action - He chose Abram, He brought him out, He gave him a new name, He found his heart faithful, and He made a covenant with him to give land.
We know from Genesis 12 that Abraham’s faith was lacking. Abraham was imperfectly trusting in God’s perfect faithfulness. It is God who gives us a new heart (Ezekiel 11) and it is God who finds our hearts faithful. It is not of our own doing!
This passage beautifully reflects what Paul describes as adoption in Ephesians 1:3-11. As New Testament Believers, in Christ we are chosen, in Christ we are given a new identity and a new family, and in Christ we have obtained an inheritance.
Lastly, we see that God has “kept” His promise because He is “righteous.” Such freedom in knowing that it is all because of God; His faithfulness is not dependent on us! God promised Abraham a son of blessing; as New Testament Believers, we have received the true Son of Blessing, God’s own Son!
Scripture to meditate on this week:
“For all the promises of God find their Yes in Jesus Christ. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” -2 Corinthians 1:20
What do you notice in these verses? What action words stand out to you and who is doing the action in these verses?
What is a covenant? Can covenants end? How does our culture view covenants or promises?
What has God promised us? What promises do you struggle to believe? What promises have been especially helpful to you in this season? Why or how so?
How can we enjoy our God and His promises? How are His promises inherently “missional” and what does that mean for us as a Church?
This week let’s write down three promises from God that we’re fighting to believe. To help you out, read this article by John Piper and/or this article by Jen Wilkin. In addition, celebrate at least one promise that has been especially meaningful to you either in this season or in a previous season of life. Ask God to show you how He’s been faithful to keep His promises. Share your experiences with your DNA group or your spouse. Pray through the promises together, asking God to help our unbelief!