DECEMBER 4 十二月四日
Abraham loved God, and God gave him many blessings: a wife named Sarah, many servants, lots of land, sheep, and cattle, and great riches. He even had his own army!
God also gave Abraham a special promise. He said, ”I’m going to
make you into a great nation. And through your family, everyone on earth will be blessed.”
This was the promise of the Savior! The Savior would be a blessing to everyone on earth, and he would come from Abraham’s family!
There was only one problem. Abraham and Sarah didn’t have any children. And they were getting very old.
One night, God wanted to reassure Abraham that the promise would come true. He appeared to Abraham in a vision! He took Abraham outside his tent and said, ”Look up into the sky and count the stars-if you can.” Abraham could not! There were too many stars in the sky for anyone to count!
Then God said, ”That’s how big your family will be-too many to count!” Abraham believed God’s promise, and he kept waiting.
Another time, Abraham was sitting at the door of his tent, and three visitors came to talk to him. It was actually the Lord and two angels! The Lord told him that in one year, he and Sarah would have a son. Now, Sarah was hiding inside the tent so she could listen. When she heard this, she laughed to herself. ”I’m too old to have a child!” she thought.
But the Lord knew she was there, and he knew she laughed. He said, ”Why did Sarah laugh? Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
What do you think happened? God’s promise came true! One year later, when Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old, Sarah had a baby boy. They named him Isaac, which means ”laughter.”
How did God keep his promise to Abraham?
He sent him a son named Isaac, and many years later, he sent the Savior, Jesus.
As I hang the TENT on the JESSE TREE, Here is an Advent promise for me:
God promised Abraham that he would have a son,
and that the Savior would come from his family.
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