Saturday, 25 April 2015
Brothers and Sisters.
"'Look towards heaven and count the stars.....So shall your descendants be.'" Genesis 15:5 (NRSV)
This was God's promise to Abraham.
If you count all the Jews (sons of Isaac), the Muslims (sons of Ishmael), and Christians (followers of Jesus) who have ever lived, then Abraham's descendants would number in the billions and rival the stars in the heavens.
So as Christians we are spiritual descendants of the same father (Abraham) as all the Jews and all the Muslims.
They are our brothers and sisters.
Abraham worshiped the one true God.
If we count this one God as our Father, as Jesus taught us (Matthew 23:9), then all the people of the world are our brothers and sisters.
[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.]
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