Alexanderism – Discerning God’s Trajectory v.1.2

So, it seems God’s plan was to build on Abram and Sarai’s faith. Through them and their descendants God would pour our God’s blessing (which means God’s Love) on the world God created.

“I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:2-3

Free-will is still very much in play. Abraham and Sarah do not always make the right choices, or what I would call God’s choice, in every situation. That is not a result of a lack of faith, but of being human. One cannot discern every right choice for every situation. There are just too many variables that go into each decision.

So, each choice that is not aligned with God’s choice adds a new set of variables for making future choices. This set of variables introduces the choices that are not of God. I do not want to label these choices as “sin,” at least not yet. These choices open the door to sin, but I still want to hold out, for now, that “sin” is a conscious choice. That is, we know better and still do it anyway.

The Bible affirms that Abraham and Sarah carried out the agenda God entrusted to them. Despite everything that said it was impossible, they had the faith to have a son, Isaac. They followed God’s will in all the major decisions. They made questionable choices along the way but they never lost sight of the big picture God called them to fulfill. God reckoned it to them as “righteousness” or doing what is right in the eyes of God.

Abraham passes the mantel of leadership of being God’s blessing to the world to Isaac. Isaac remained faithful God. His primary role was being father to Esau and Jacob.

One could interpret the story of Esau and Jacob in several ways. For me, the fact that Jacob was the one God designated to carry forth God’s blessing to the world, and was the second born, shows the crapshoot that is life. If God was pulling every string, Jacob would have been the first born. There would have been no need for the trickery to make it all work out according to God’s plan. Because of the novelty woven into the fabric of life, God, too, must adapt when novelty takes God’s plan in other directions. God’s adaptation should be our focus. The fact the God chooses to adapt rather than put an end to the whole thing is pretty great news. How God adapts is the subtext of the whole Bible. God’s adaptation is a witness to God’s unconditional love for humankind and the whole cosmos, which is really the most remarkable message of the Bible. More of the journey in the next Alexandersism post.

 

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