Summary: Abraham, a blessed man of good faith and Jacob, a man of power prepare the way of Christ Jesus
FOR JESUS’ LOVE 4
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid (July 7, 2017)
“So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.” (St. John 21:15-17, King James Version [Christ’s charge to Peter]}
Greetings in the Holy Name of Jesus,
My sisters and brothers, Jesus is real. For Jesus asked Peter, Do you love me? For God gave King Saul a new heart yet and still he disobeyed the voice of the LORD which ended his reign over Israel. He was disloyal to the voice of God coming through Prophet Samuel. “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king” (I Samuel 15:22-23, KJV [Saul rejected for disobedience]). For Job was a man of integrity who waited on the LORD to turn---to take him out of Satan’s captivity and restore unto him what he had, twice over returning him to health. For Job prayed for his friends and in praying for his friends Job received deliverance from Satan and God blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning (Job 42:10, 12, KJV). For Moses a goodly and proper baby grew up in the palace of Egypt, was raised up and became a man in Pharaoh’s house led his people out of slavery---out of Egypt, “Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore. And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses” (Exodus 14: 30-31, KJV [Passage of the Red Sea]).
Interestingly enough, out of the house of Jacob---Joseph was raised up in Pharaoh’s house to leadership and Moses out of the house of Levi was raised up in Pharaoh’s house (Exodus 2:1-10, KJV). For Abraham’s leadership trait was that he was a blessed man. For Abraham a blessed man whose grandson Jacob’s leadership trait was a man of power was himself a father of many nations, for Jacob wrestled with God until the day break; Jacob did not die and God named him Israel (Genesis 32: 24-29, KJV). For Abraham’s son Isaac blessed Jacob. For Isaac said, ”…God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine. Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to