Genesis 17:5-7 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.
INSIGHT -In Hebrew, offspring is written as zera & it means progeny, seed, descendant, race, remnant, offshoot, outcome, product, fruit -Gal 3:29, And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. -We are descendants of Abraham & joint heirs of Christ. Therefore, we share in the everlasting covenant & blessing of Abraham as son’s of God.
PRAYER Thank You Father, for taking us through this year with Your loving kindness & everlasting mercy. May Your promise to us be fulfilled each day. Amen
Isaiah 44:3-4 For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring; They will spring up among the grass Like willows by the watercourses.’
INSIGHT -In Mat 5:6, Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
-Isaiah had a foresight in his revelations of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Who quenches our spiritual thirst. Further, a promise of blessings & productivity like willows(approximately 400 species which grow in cold & wet areas).
PRAYER Fill us with Your gifts & fruit, Holy Spirit that we may always be a living testimony of Your grace. May Your divine promises be fulfilled in our lives. Amen
Malachi 2:15 But did He not make them one, Having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.
INSIGHT -Malachi writes that God united Adam & Eve as one in matrimony, that is His image. Therefore, husband & wife must live in the fear of the Lord that their seed may be godly, & that the Holy Spirit may lead them in a peaceful union for God hates divorce.
PRAYER Lead all the married couples in one union, Holy Spirit, that they may always be led by You. Help them to resolve all their differences & direct them to live in Your fear & love for one another as Christ loves the church. Amen
Revelation 22:16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
INSIGHT -Jesus alleges that He is the Root & Offspring of David meaning He came from that genealogy while on earth (Mat 1:1). In Mat 22:45-46, Jesus addressed the Pharisees saying that, If David called Him Lord, how is He then David’s son. After this they never questioned Him again.
PRAYER Jesus our Father, we praise You & magnify Your holy name. May Your word manifest in our lives as we prepare to begin yet another year. Amen
Galatians 4:3-7 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
INSIGHT -We are descendants or offspring’s of Abraham & joint heirs of Christ/ The Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts & our offspring is blessed/ God seeks godly offsprings/ Jesus is the Root & Offspring of David/ God sent His son into the world so that we may receive the adoption as sons & thus heirs of God through Christ.
-Son in this context indicates both male & female
PRAYER Thank You, Father for this far that You have taken us. We have seen Your hand in all things. Reveal Yourself to us as we celebrate the birth of Your Son; Jesus & dawn in our hearts a new realization that we are also Your son’s, so that all our weaknesses may become strenghts in faith. May new graces, intelligence, wisdom, knowledge & understanding be birthed in our hearts so that we may see You with more clarity as we begin a new year. Amen
Our Father who at in heaven, Hallowed be thy name…
Please meditate of this week’s theme, Offspring