God's Unstoppable Promises
You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, "And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed." God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness. — Acts 3:25-26
So let's back up and recognize where this statement falls in the context of the greater story.
God healed a man who had been lame from birth (about 40 years). Then Peter lifted this man up. This man who is now standing draws a crowd of people. Jews inside the Temple commons, coming running over in amazement. And keep in mind, the city is occupied with about 900,000 extra people who have come for the celebration of the Pentecost. So Peter takes the opportunity to address this crowd.
In Acts 3, we have a Cliff Notes version of this impromptu sermon. This was probably more like a one to two-hour talk where Peter clarifies several things. In the first part of the talk, he comes on strong about their guilt regarding Jesus's death. How they were culpable in his trial, conviction, sentencing, and crucifixion. And it's strong on conviction and the need for repentance. But toward the end, Peter is strong in a different way. He connects the Jewish past to the present. He recalls the greatest of Jewish patriarchs, Abraham, and restates a blessing that God gave him hundreds of years ago. A blessing that all Jews, young and old, would know. Here it is — "And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed."
This promise was one that Jewish believers clung to with dear life. It was the first promise given by God to Abraham, who was the first and original Hebrew patriarch. Peter, who is also a Jew, understands this history. Therefore, Peter illustrates that while they were wrong in doing what they did to Christ, they still have the first right to first blessing because of this promise. A promise that God was making good on in their day. Listen carefully. Peter's point is this, and it's so good!
The promise of Abraham's blessing was realized in Jesus Christ, and God is delivering on this promise even though they plotted against and tried to annihilate that promise. Because God is a God who makes good on all his promises. God finds a way even in the face of our devious sin. So know this today. There is nothing that can stop the promises God has made to you. Not even the worst of your most devious sins can stop them. So cling to them today and know God is eager to provide a way for you, where there seems to be no way. Now that's some good news!
ASK THIS: What promise of God do you need to cling to right now?
DO THIS: Find a promise in God's Word that you need to memorize and cling to today. (Share it in the comments below).
PRAY THIS: God, show me today how your promise is great then all my sin.
PLAY THIS: Greater Than All My Regrets — Tenth Avenue North.
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