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Old Testament Abraham (Genesis Chapter 12 Verses 1-5) the First

Old Testament Abraham (Genesis Chapter 12 Verses 1-5) the First

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Old Testament
ABRAHAM (GENESIS CHAPTER 12 VERSES 1-5)The first thing that God asks of Abraham is that he is to put aside everything that he has beenused to and then he is to embark on a new way of life, which will bring great reward. It is Godwho takes the initiative and who also promises that Abraham will be great. Abraham will not be aself-made man; it is God who will accomplish the great work. What is Abraham’s response tothis? The story, as recorded in the book of Genesis, portrays Abraham as a man of faith who putshis trust in God despite the risks and sacrifice involved. The element of sacrifice in the story isimportant - it would be a huge step for Abraham to give up all the things that he was used to suchas home, family, shelter and employment. As he set off to fulfil God’s command he wasembarking on a journey that heknew virtually nothing about, anything could have happened. Later on, Abraham is once againcalled to put his trust in God when the Lord asks him to sacrifice his son (Genesis chapter 22verses 1-9).SAMUEL (1 SAMUEL CHAPTER 3 VERSES 1-21)Clearly at the time of his calling, Samuel was only a very young boy, and yet God still had a place for him in his work. Some may find it surprising that God chose someone so young andinexperienced in the ways of the world, but the fact remains that he was called. The story of Samuel reminds us that that God calls very different types of people for His special work. It is notreally possible to put labels on them or to identify certain characteristics that are common to allwhom he calls. Each has their strengths and weaknesses, as well as different temperaments andideas. In Samuel’s story the part played by Eli the priest is important. It is Eli who realizes who itis that is really calling the boy and he helps him to respond to that call.JEREMIAH (Jeremiah 1:5-6)Another great person of the Old Testament who struggled with his vocation is the prophetJeremiah. God said to him, before I formed you in the womb I knew you;Before you came to birth I consecrated you;I appointed you as prophet to the nations.” (Jer 1:5) But Jeremiah did not respond with faith, atfirst he responded with lack of faith like Moses. He said, “Lord Yahweh, I do not know how tospeak, I am only a child.” (Jer 1:6) But after an interior struggle Jeremiah answered God’s call.MOSES ( Exodus 3:11)When God called Moses he objected many times to God’s call. God said to Moses, “I am sendingyou to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt” (Ex 3:11) and Moses replied,“Who am I to go to Pharaoh…?” Then in the Book of Exodus there is a long conversation between God and Moses and several times God has to reassure Moses that he will be with him tohelp him but each time Moses finds some new excuse for not answering God’s call. The nextexcuse Moses gave God was, “but suppose they [the Hebrews] will not believe me or listen to mywords, and say to me, ‘Yahweh has not appeared to you’?” (Ex 4:1). Again God reassured him but Moses found another excuse, “Please my Lord, I have never been eloquent…for I am slowand hesitant of speech.” (Ex 4:10). Again God reassured Moses but once again Moses made anexcuse, “Please, my Lord, send anyone you decide to send!” (Ex 4:13) It was quite a struggle for 
 
God to get Moses to answer his call. Moses knew that it would be difficult to lead the Israelitesout of Egypt and he hesitated many times when called by God but eventually he answered thecall. He surrendered himself and his way of thinking to God who knows what is best.EZEKIELEzekiel’s message, while clearly communal in its concern, is addressed, more than was pre-exilic prophecy, to the individual. “O house of Israel,” says the God of Ezekiel, “I will judge all of youaccording to your ways” (Ezekiel 33:20b).
ELIJAH
the story is told of Elijah’s encounter with the prophets of Baal and its aftermath. Here we see thecontrast between, on the one hand, the overpowering public display of an Almighty God, who— 16 Vocation as in days of yore—answered with fire, proving his presence in outwarddemonstration of his power and, on the other hand, his private answer to Elijah. On Mount Horeb,however, all of the old signs—the great natural powers—are on display. First is the great wind,then the earthquake, and finally a fire. But the text reveals that the Lord was not in any of thesethings. Instead, “after the fire a still small voice.” It was in this small voice that only Elijah couldhear that the Lord was authentically present (1 Kings 19).
New Testament
MARY (LUKE CHAPTER 1 VERSES 26-38)The story of the Annunciation is probably well known to us. It is a story of faith and trust in God by a young girl whom he calls for a unique task - that of giving birth to Jesus, who enters into time and space as true God and true man. The first thing that wecan learn from this story then is that it is a great privilege to bechosen by God to serve him in a special way. And what is Mary’s response? Saint Luke tells usthat she was disturbed by the angel’s words and wonders whyshe has been chosen, but the angel reassures her that this is God’s will and she has nothing tofear. “I am the handmaid of the Lord,” replies Mary, “let whatyou have said be done to me.” Despite the responsibilities, consequences and difficulties that willcome her way as a result of saying “Yes” to God, Maryaccepts what he has in mind for her because she knows that she is called to serve God in completetrust and selflessness.PETER (LUKE CHAPTER 5 VERSES 1-11)According to Saints Luke, Matthew and Mark, the first apostle to be called is Peter the fisherman.Peter is not a “professional” religious person, just an ordinaryman with an ordinary job and yet he is chosen by God as leader of the apostles. If we look elsewhere in the New Testament we find that he is quite acharacter, with clear personality traits. In his favour, he is willing to try something new, he is aman who makes quick decisions, he is not afraid to speak hismind, but he can also be a very humble man. We must also consider the fact that he can beimpetuous, scared, and at times, out of his depth. Perhaps if wewere to look for a perfect model of an individual’s response to God’s call, Peter might not be atthe top of the list. But Peter teaches us that there is nothing

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