Monday, June 16, 2008

Sacrifices

5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said to him: Look up to heaven and number the stars, if thou canst. And he said to him: So shall thy seed be.

6 Abram believed God, and it was reputed to him unto justice. 7 And he said to him: I am the Lord who brought thee out from Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land, and that thou mightest possess it. 8 But he said: Lord God, whereby may I know that I shall possess it? 9 And the Lord answered, and said: Take me a cow of three years old, and a she goat of three years, and a ram of three years, a turtle also, and a pigeon. 10 And he took all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid the two pieces of each one against the other; but the birds he divided not.

11 And the fowls came down upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away. 12 And when the sun was setting, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a great and darksome horror seized upon him. 13 And it was said unto him: Know thou beforehand that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land not their own, and they shall bring them under bondage, and afflict them four hundred years. 14 But I will judge the nation which they shall serve, and after this they shall come out with great substance. 15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace, and be buried in a good old age.

Genesis 15:5-15

Abram placed much trust on God's guidance in his life in the direction he would travel and where he would settle. He was given specifics on what to sacrifice at that time period. We too have sacrifices that we give to God. The sacrifice of the Mass, the many sacrifices we offer daily in regards to our daily life. The things we give up so we can spend quality time with God. Abram was very close to God, he relied heavily on God. Do we rely on God for everything including our health. We know Abram did because he had no heirs, that was something that we don't really concern ourselves too much about in our time. Many woman rather take the seed of life and kill it and many men will promote to do the same so they will not see the result of their flesh. God has the right to judge us all in everything we say and do. What do we think our judgement would be for our words and actions. We say we love life but promote death. We say we love life but promote war. We say we love life but cause more bondage than ever. Where is the sacrifice then?

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