Do you realize the Old Testament paints pictures of our present realities?
Dear friends, do you realize that Abraham was never told by the Lord to “look up” until Lot left Abraham? Lot on the other hand chose Sodom when he “looked up”. Dear friends, Lot means veiled in Hebrew.
Lot like many of us see things thru a veil. When that happens we see only in part and not the whole. Usually when choices are made thru the veil, it is usually base o our convenience and our logic. It ends usually tragically. This is because we do not see ourselves as fully who we are.
Abraham was told to look up after the “veil” was taken away. It was then Abraham saw his true possession. Paul spoke about this is 2 Cor. 3. We Christians often think the Law would lead us to earn our possessions. It doesn’t, it veils us. It is when the veil is taken away, we see clearly. The veil is the mixture of law and grace. That is the old covenant. When that is taken away. The Lord tells us to look up.
2 Corinthians 3:18
New International Version (NIV)
18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
We see our true possession. It is the Spirit transforming us from glory to glory. Look up for the old covenant has been removed.
You remember the faithful night when he was ask to look up into the stars? God told Abraham, his seed will be as many as the stars. God said “seed”, not seeds. Paul says this “The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,”meaning one person, who is Christ. What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise.” He then continues “ If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” What did Abraham see when he looked up? He saw many “seeds” in one “seed”.
He saw you in Jesus. How should you see yourself?