Thursday, January 31, 2019

Kelso: Abraham and Moses

Thursday, January 31, 2019
    Commemoration of John Bosco, Priest, Founder of the Salesian Teaching Order, 1888
    Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”
    —Genesis 17:3-8 (NIV)
    The Abrahamic Covenant is not only totally different from the Mosaic Covenant, but there is no “throw-back” of any feature of the Mosaic period in Genesis. Abraham and Moses not only lived in two uniquely different worlds, but no Old Testament editor tried in any way to soften the glaring contrasts between the two spiritual giants. Abraham had no Tabernacle, with its minute ritual and special clergy. Abraham was given nothing like the detailed code of life demanded by the Sinai Covenant. Abraham was not even furnished with the basic Ten Commandments. And yet, when we turn to the New Testament, it is Abraham who holds the place of honor, and not Moses! Abraham is mentioned over seventy times in the New Testament, and half of these are in the Gospels.
    ... James Kelso (1892-1978), “Abraham as Archaeology Knows Him” [1950], in Bible and Spade, reprinted in Perspective, v. XIII, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 1972, p. 16 (see the book)
    See also Gen. 17:3-8; Lev. 12:3; John 7:21-24; 8:56-58; Acts 3:13; Rom. 4:12-13,16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have kept Your covenant in Jesus.
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