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Devotion - June 22, 2019

Galatians 3:8-9 8


The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” 9. So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.


Reflection by Darlene Wagner


The Epistle of Galatians proclaims how Divine love is unconditional. The writer repeats the original promise made to Abraham: “all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:3). This promise is repeated in Genesis 22:18 and Genesis 28:14. Perhaps, I am a naive country girl who doesn’t understand all the intricacies of theology, but I think that “all peoples” and “all nations” means “all humankind”. I refuse to believe in a Divine Light who discriminates on the basis of race, nationality, language, or religion. Nowhere in scripture does it say that people who believe in the “wrong” religion are excluded! In fact, Apostle Paul, the likely writer of Galatians, shows how the original wall separating Jews from non-Jews is broken down. Salvation thus extends to peoples of all religions, creeds, and philosophies. Anyone who teaches eternal separation is “turning to a different gospel — which is really no Gospel at all” (Galatians 1:6b-7a).


Hymn:


In you Holy One I place my heart’s trust,


when I’m lost in confusion or fear.


In a world full of conflict and shame; I seek love


when your hand guides me safe and clear.


You’re my friend, my refuge,


my heart’s sweet rest, in this world of busy toil!


I shall sing of your triumphs, your blessings,


your gifts when I walk with you on your trail.



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