Investments (Genesis 22-24)

“Abraham listened to Ephron, and Abraham weighted out for Ephron the silver that he named in the hearing of the Hittites…” Genesis 23:16

Question:  “Where can a person get good advice about where to invest?”

This question came to my mind as I considered the content of Genesis 22-24.

Keep in mind the following: God has given Abraham a son.  This son was the fulfillment of God’s promise of making Abraham into a great nation.  Most believe 17-20 years have passed between chapters 21 and chapter 22.  Chapter 22 begins with God’s command to Abraham, “I want you to invest.”

Good advice:  “Invest in God’s work.”  The return is out of this world!!!

In chapters 22-24 we see Abraham’s three investments:

  • In chapter 22 Abraham invests his son in the work of the Lord.
  • In chapter 23 Abraham invests in land for the work of the Lord.
  • In chapter 23 Abraham invests in a wife for his son in the work of the Lord.

These are amazing investments.  They picture for us God’s investment in our lives.  Consider this: God invested his Son so that we would be saved, John 3:16.  God is investing in a land where all Christ-followers will reside forever, John 14:3.  God invests in a bride for his Son.  This bride is the church,Ephesians 5:25-28.

Abraham’s investments reveal a faith that was looking forward to what was ahead, Hebrews 11:8-11.  Our investment reveal a faith that looks forward to what Jesus will do when he returns.

Oh how I pray that both you and I walk in faith with every investment.

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