The Walk: Walk Before Me

May 8, 2021 Easter B6 Glendale City Church Sermon 1 of 4

Walk, Journey, Pilgrimage, Two-Steps-Forward, One-Step-Back…

ABRAHAM IN GENESIS 17.1-8   When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.  Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”

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 now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”

DAVID IN PSALM 56.12-13      I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you.  For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.

SOLOMON IN 2 CHRONICLES 7.14-18      If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.  As for you, if you walk before me faithfully as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe my decrees and laws, I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father….

JOHN THE BAPTIST IN LUKE 1.17        And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Abram

  • God almighty – Abram falls down – God commands faithfulness and blamelessness
  • Everything religion has done to us can be encapsulated in this description of God’s interaction with Abram
  • And this passage comes after Abram hadn’t been faithful or blameless, so you get the understanding of the thundering God speaking to the naughty boy

Is There Another Way to See “Walk Before Me?”  —  MY DAD 

  • Piano, Concert Band, Bell Choir, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball
    • Never missed a recital, concert, match or game—he saw everything I did
    • Always cheering me on, sometimes coaching me, reminding me to practice, never shamed or belittled
    • I grew up assured that Dad was very proud of me and knew I was going to turn into a fine adult, even when I had my serious doubts

1 JOHN 3.1-3           Oh! What great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.  All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

El-Shaddai – The Many-Breasted One—Giver of Life, Giver of Love, Giver of Legacy.  We walk before her. 

Awareness of the Loving, Cheering-us-on, God of Promise and Eternal Life

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