January 3, 2017

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Tuesday,  January 3, 2017
Psalm 72; Genesis 28:10-22; Hebrews 11:13-22
By Lowery Smith

The central theme of these three passages seems to be that God promises a perfect world which may only exist in Heaven.

In Psalm 72—“Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds. Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory.”

In Genesis 28:10-22, Jacob had a dream of angels ascending and descending a stairway that rested on the earth, with its top in Heaven.  There is an image of a perfect world and there is a connection between Heaven and earth.  “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac…I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land.  I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

In Hebrews 11:13-22, “All these people were still living by faith when they died.  They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.”

I am reminded of an experience Mary Ann and I had in 2001 when we were white water rafting down the Grand Canyon.  We were sleeping on a campsite along the river and when we got up early in the morning the sun shine was just reaching the tops of the canyon walls when a two-person raft came around the bend in the river.  One of the men in the raft was playing “Amazing Grace” on his trumpet and the sound echoed off the canyon walls.  I have often said that if there is a heaven for old geologists it must be in the Grand Canyon.

These three scriptures describe what God’s Heaven will be like.