golter's mussings December 2019

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)

  • I’m Still Pondering…

    December 13, 2019

    I’m Still Pondering…

     

    I’ve been teaching Genesis this Fall. We’ve only made it tothe middle of Chapter 3. Patience is needed here in these chapters. For thewhole rest of the Bible is the uncovering of what is spoken and done in Genesis3:15, the promise of the coming Messiah.

     

    Can you imagine, though, what Eve and Adam thought when theybore Cain? “This is the One promised by our Lord!” He wasn’t. Cain became thefirst murderer.

     

    God promised deliverance through the one offspring of thewoman. He didn’t, however, name who it would be. He didn’t reveal a timetable,either. God waited thousands of years, perhaps in the ballpark of 6,000 to8,000 years.

     

    Adam and Eve had to live by faith in the promise God made.

     

    According to Genesis 5:5, Adam lived 930 years. The Messiahnever came during Adam’s lifetime. Adam had to walk by faith in God’s promises.He believed that God would deliver, that He would do what He said.

     

    And He did, in Jesus, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, andthen on the Cross and the empty Tomb. But this salvation work wasn’t on Adam’sor Eve’s timetable.

     

    Do we still wait? Well, not for our salvation. He baptizedus and communes us.

    We do wait for the final deliverance of the new creation.

     

    When is this? God hasn’t said.

     

    We wait by faith in what He has said, just like Adam andEve.


    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran