Genesis 13-15, Matthew 5:1-26 • Key Verse: Genesis 15:6
In Romans 4:3, Paul cites Genesis 15:6, which says, “Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” Abrams life of belief is evident. When God told him to move, he moved. That was an act of obedience coupled with remarkable trust. God did not tell him where but that He would later show him the place. Without the course clearly marked, Abram believed and did what God wanted.
Abrams belief was commemorated in altars. He built altars in Shechem, Bethel and Hebron. The first was at the place where God promised that the land would be given to Abrams descendants. That altar served as a reminder of that promise. At the other locations Abram “called on the name of the LORD.” Those altars were places of prayer.
When returning from the rescue of Lot, Abram met Melchizedek, the priest of God Most High. To him Abram gave a tenth of everything, an act of worship recounted in Hebrews.
Abram believed, and it showed. He remembered God’s promise, prayed and worshiped. His belief was not a one-time decision but a lifetime dedication.
Believe! And then live what you believe.
“God, help me not to forget the blessings that come from You. May my worship of You be constant because You are the God of every day and every place.”
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett