Gospel Amnesia

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Gospel Amnesia

The first eleven chapters of Genesis are filled with the triumph of creation and the despair of the fall.  An argument can be made that the rest of the Bible is simply the out working of the promise God gave Abraham in chapter twelve. 

The Lord said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house
to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you,
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.I will bless those who bless you,
I will curse those who treat you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth
will be blessed through you. (Genesis 12:1-3 HCSB)

In the six chapters that follow, this promise is repeated no less than five times.  The sign of the covenant promise to Abraham is even given: circumcision.  The fact that God repeated the promise to Abraham so often must mean we are so prone to forget. Amnesia is a condition where someone has a total or partial loss of memory.   We must all suffer from a Gospel promise amnesia of sorts. 

Abraham and Sarah were certainly prone to forget God’s promise.  Abraham quickly lied about Sarah being his wife and Sarah later gave her servant Hagar to Abraham so they could have a child together.  Every day we need to remind ourselves and be reminded of the promises of God, especially the hope and encouragement of the Gospel.  It is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ that all of the promises of God find there “yes.”