Look at Love, Look at Abraham! (Yom Kippur)
He didn’t answer God’s call at first, he waited until after his father died (Gen 12:1; Acts 7:2-4), he lied twice about his wife (Gen 12:19; Gen 20:2), he married his sister (Gen 20:12) and he committed adultery with Hagar (Gen 16:4). Abraham missed the mark! But listen to God in Isaiah 41:8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. The Father goes on to say: Is 51:1-3 Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. 2 Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.
3 For the Lord will comfort Zion! … The LORD Himself comforts us with His extravagant lavish love. Read this passage:
Romans 5:6-10 CEV 6 Christ died for us at a time when we were helpless and sinful. 7 No one is really willing to die for an honest person, though someone might be willing to die for a truly good person. 8 But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful. 9 But there is more! Now that God has accepted us because Christ sacrificed his life’s blood, we will also be kept safe from God’s anger. 10 Even when we were God’s enemies, he made peace with us, because his Son died for us. Yet something even greater than friendship is ours. Now that we are at peace with God, we will be saved by his Son’s life.
Rom 5:10 MSG If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of his Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of his resurrection life!
We are described, in the KJV of this passage in Romans 5, as without strength and ungodly (in v. 6), as sinners (in v. 8), and God’s enemies (in v. 10). Our own holiness is absolutely not a requirement. We are accepted by grace through faith. And in addition to everything else, … God sent our Lord Jesus Christ to make peace with us (Rom 5:11CEV ), make us friends of God (NLT) and by whom we have now received the atonement (KJV). And our atonement is not for one year, it’s eternal! Thank you Jesus!