Wandering Without a HomePastor Alisa Lasater Wailoo, March 12, 2017
Part of the God's Dwelling Place series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
"Abraham then moved on to the hills … and pitched his tent. There he built an altar to the LORD.” Genesis 12:8
As we journey through Lent, we move from the Garden, God’s first home with Adam and Eve, to the wilderness with Abraham.
Oh I love this image of Father Abraham wandering in the wilderness, pitching his tent for the night. Did you know that the term “Hebrew” likely comes from the word ABHAR, “to pass over,” hence EBHER, in the sense of a "sojourner" or "passer through" as distinct from a "settler" in the land? And this applies to the condition of Abraham (Hebrews 11:13). Some even say that Hebrew means the equivalent of bedouin, a wandering people.
Interesting, isn’t? The first people God calls His/Her own are a people without a home, traveling from one place to another. And yet, as Abraham finds himself in a new place each night, he pitches his tent and then makes an altar. In other words, although his surroundings have altered, the altar reminds him that God’s promises remain the same.
Do you feel like your "surroundings" have shifted or been altered recently? Do you feel like you or we as a people are wandering? It is in that sparse place that God makes great promises. Read about the promises God makes with Abraham in Genesis 12:1-8 and this week's Psalm - Psalm 121. Then, listen to this sermon as we wrestle with what “God will provide” really means, especially in the wilderness as well as what trust can look like in a deserted place.
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