Friendship with God, a gift
1Kings 18 / Romans 4-6
18:36-39 At the customary time for offering the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, ‘O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. O LORD, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.’ Immediately the fire of the LORD flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the ditch! And when the people saw it, they fell on their faces and cried out, ‘The LORD is God! The LORD is God!’
4:4-8 When people work, their wages are not a gift. Workers earn what they receive. But people are declared righteous because of their faith, not because of their work. King David spoke of this, describing the happiness of an undeserving sinner who is declared to be righteous: ‘Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose sin is no longer counted against them by the Lord.’
OT Flash Points
God is God!
Who is the real God?
The one who consumes the sacrifice, can give instructions and bring rain or drought
NT Flash Points
What did Abraham discover about what pleases God?
Faith and nothing added that will give footing to pride
Ritual gives a basis for pride, if not entirely an expression of faith
Adam broke covenant with God, breaking it for eternity
Jesus reactivated the covenant friendship with God for all mankind
So now you are free from any obligation to do anything separate from God (sin)
In gratitude commit your whole being to Him
And since He freely offers friendship to you, be a friend to someone else