The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
In Acts 7:1-8 Stephen’s testimony before the Sanhedrin continues. He recognizes and proclaims that, above all, Christianity is an historic faith. He ties the story of Jesus directly back to Abraham. As God promised Abraham would have an offspring, a child of promise, who would be a blessing to all nations, God has kept his promise. He has done it not only through Isaac, but also through Jesus, another descendant of Abraham. In Abraham’s time there was no clear inheritance. Abraham did not inherit the land. He knew only one child of promise. He never saw the nations being blessed through that child, except by faith in God’s promise.
Has God kept his promises? Yes, he has. In these last days we expect the promises of God to be fulfilled as Jesus works out his kingdom among us. This is the great promise of God. It is rooted firmly in history. Christians should never doubt the ability of God to fulfill all his promises.
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