Lessons from the Life of Abraham (part 10)

LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM

PART 10: GOD DOESN’T GIVE UP ON US JUST BECAUSE WE DO DUMB THINGS

( Pastor Lee Jacson FFWC)

1)    INTRODUCTION – SOMEBODY SAID “THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS”. IT IS THE TECHNICALITIES THAT GET US INTO TROUBLE:  INSTEAD OF FULLING TRUSTING GOD & SUBMITTING OUR SELF TO GOD’S PLAN & PURPOSE WE TRY TO WALK THE LINE BETWEEN OBEDIENCE AND DISOBEDIENCE ON THE PERIPHERY OF GOD’S PLAN & PURPOSE.  GOD HAS BIGGER PLANS FOR US, BUT WE MUST LEARN TO WAIT ON HIM!

TEXT: GENESIS 20.

 2)     IDLE TIME IS THE DEVIL’S WORKSHOP (1-2)

A)   ABRAHAM HAD NOTHING BUT TIME ON HIS HANDS

B)   GOD HAD PROMISED HIM AND SARAH THAT BY THIS TIME NEXT YEAR ISAAC WOULD BE BORN

C)   ABRAHAM WAS CALLED BY GOD & RESPONDED TO THE CALL BUT HE WAS NOT PERFECT

D)   LOOKS LIKE ABRAHAM WAS WANDERING AROUND EXPLORING THE DESERT, KILLING TIME; HE HAD LOST HIS FOCUS

E)   HE BUMPED INTO A LOCAL POWER BROKER CALLED ABIMELECH

F)    HE ASSUMED THE WORST ABOUT ABIMELECH & LET FEAR GET THE BEST OF HIM

G)   DAJA VUE ALL OVER AGAIN – REMEMBER ABRAM’S FIRST JOURNEY INTO EGYPT?

H)   EVIDENTLY SARAH STILL A BEAUTIFUL, DESIRABLE WOMAN

I)     ABRAHAM TOLD ABIMELECH, AS PHAROAH EARLER, THAT SARAH WAS HIS SISTER

J)    ABIMELECH TOOK ABRAHAM AT HIS WORD & TOOK SARAH TO BE ONE OF HIS WIVES

K)   TECHNICALLY THIS WAS CORRECT (DAUGHTER OF HIS FATHER BUT NOT HIS MOTHER), BUT FAILED TO TELL ABIMELECH THAT SARAH WAS ALSO HIS WIFE

L)    IT IS THE TECHNICALITIES THAT GET US INTO TROUBLE:  INSTEAD OF FULLING TRUSTING GOD & SUBMITTING OUR SELF TO GOD’S PLAN & PURPOSE WE TRY TO WALK JUST OVER THE LINE OF DISOBEDIENCE.

3)    GOD DOESN’T GIVE UP ON US JUST BECAUSE WE DO DUMB THINGS (3-7)

A)   AGAIN AS WHEN ABRAHAM HAD WENT INTO EGYPT TO ESCAPE THE FAMINE BECAUSE HE THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD THING TO DO; GOD INTERVENED FOR HIM ANYWAY – GOD SPOKE TO HIS ADVERSARY, WHO REBUKED THE MAN OF GOD

B)   GOD MADE IT REAL CLEAR TO ABIMELECH THAT HE WAS NOT TO TOUCH SARAH; IF HE DID HE WAS A DEAD MAN, ALONG WITH ALL THOSE WITH HIM.

C)   GOD TOLD HIM TO RETURN SARAH TO HER HUSBAND, FOR HE IS A PROPHET – GOD SAID IN EFFECT “HE IS A PROPHET – HE SPEAKS FOR ME” EVEN THOUGH ABRAHAM HAD MISLEAD ABIMELECH AS TO SARAH’S BEING HIS WIFE.

D)   GOD TOLD ABIMELECH THAT HE WOULD HAVE ABRAHAM PRAY FOR ABIMELECH SO THAT ABIMELECH WOULD LIVE; OTHERWISE THEY WERE ALL DEAD MEN!

4)    THE FEAR OF GOD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM, EVEN FOR THE HEATHEN (8-13)

A)   NOT ONLY DID ABIMELECH FEAR GOD BUT HIS SUBORDINATES BELIEVED WHAT ABIMELECH HAD TOLD THEM AND “THEY WERE MUCH AFRAID”.

B)   ABIMELECH FOUND ABRAHAM AND SAID “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO US?” AND “WHAT IS YOUR REASON FOR DOING THIS?”

C)   ABRAHAM TOLD ABIMELECH THAT HE DID NOT THINK THERE WAS ANY FEAR OF GOD IN THIS PLACE AND THAT TO PROTECT HIMSELF HE HAD SARAH DISTORT THE TRUTH;  THE TECHNICALITY OF SARAH BEING ABRAHAM’S HALF SISTER WAS LOST ON ABIMELECH.

D)   ABRAHAM HAD CONTRIVED THAT PLOY WITH SARAH EARLY ON TO PROTECT HIMSELF, NOT REALIZING THAT NOW HE WAS UNDER GOD’S PROTECTION.

5)    GOD’S GIFTS AND CALLING ARE WITHOUT REPENTANCE (14-17)

A)   ABRAHAM WAS GOD’S PROPHET &THE CENTER PIECE OF GOD’S REDEMPTIVE PLAN

B)   ABRAHAM PRAYED FOR ABIMELECH AND GOD HEALED ABIMELECH (HAD GOD GIVEN HIM A DEADLY DISEASE THAT WOULD AFFECT HIS ENTIRE FAMILY?)

C)   GOD ALSO OPENED THE WOMBS OF ABMELECH’S WIVES AND SLAVE GIRLS HE HAD CLOSED

D)   ABRAHAM WOULD NEVER MAKE THIS MISTAKE AGAIN.

E)   AS PHAROAH BEFORE HIM ABIMELECH BLESSED ABRAHAM WITH SHEEP, CATTLE & MALE & FEMALE SERVANTS AND A THOUSAND SHEKELS OF SILVER WHILE RETURNING SARAH TO ABRAHAM

F)    WE SEE, HOW GOD IN HIS GRACE AND MERCY, PROTECTS HIS CHILDREN EVEN WHEN THEY FAIL, BUT THE BIBLE ALSO TELLS US NOT TO TEMPT GOD!

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