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Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)
TITLE: An Uncommon Man
By Jesus Puppy
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Abraham was an uncommon man though he was like many men of his day, a simple herdsman getting by in the world. Then one miraculous day, God spoke to him. He was called out to a greater blessing to come, not only for him, but for the whole world.
We know nothing of his life before this special calling, only that when his God spoke, he listened. In that he was like many others that sought after greatness in following their gods, but not only did he listen to the Lord, he understood Him and acted as God told him to.
He gathered his things like most men would and left to seek a new land, one promised to him by God Himself. Abraham took his wife and a few servants, what little flocks he owned, maybe even a family member or two, and left the country of his birth-- all on the word of God.
When the Lord spoke of the coming of his child, even in his old age, Abraham believed the Lord and knew it would come about. When that child came and he was told to go to the mountain and sacrifice him, Abraham went.
Did he have doubts as other men might, or question the orders of his God? Possibly, but he believed in the mighty power of God to bring about the impossible and did as he was told, even giving his beloved son, and that for a greater promise that was yet to come.
Now imagine another man walking a different road, a cobbled street winding through a city. This man was not alone either, he was surrounded by guards and screaming crowds. Beaten, scorned, betrayed, and forced to march up a hill carrying a great wooden beam. Like Abraham, this was an uncommon man, one that did the will of His Father-- even to laying down His life for all men.
Here was that promise for which Abraham left his father's country and lived as a stranger in a new land that would be given to his children. Struggling through life on nothing more than the word of his God. Yet Abraham believed in that Word come from God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.
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