Lessons from the Life of Abraham (part 8)

LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM

PART 8: GOD WANTS TO SHARE HIS PLANS WITH US

( Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

1)    INTRODUCTION – YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN THE LORD WILL SHOW UP AND WHAT HE IS UP TO, BUT EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED, FOR HE IS THE LORD!  HE MAKES COVENANT WITH US AND HE REMEMBERS HIS PROMISES EVEN WHEN WE HAVE LONG GIVEN UP!

TEXT: GENESIS 18.

 2)    THE LORD SHOWS UP AT THE MOST UNEXPECTED TIMES! (1-8)

A)   IT WAS JUST ANOTHER HOT SUMMER DAY

B)   ABRAHAM WAS SITTING AT THE ENTRANCE OF HIS TENT TRYING TO KEEP COOL

C)   IT IS NOT CLEAR WHETHER ABRAHAM RECOGNIZED THAT ONE OF THE 3 VISITORS WAS GOD IN THE FLESH. GEN 19:1 TELLS US HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY TWO OF HIS ANGELS

D)   WHO WAS ABRAHAM THAT GOD SHOULD PERSONALLY VISIT HIM & SARAH?

E)   ABRAHAM TREATED THEM LIKE ROYALTY – THEY WERE INDEED ROYALTY!

3)    IS THERE ANYTHING THAT’S TOO HARD FOR GOD? (9-15)

A)   GOD TOLD ABRAHAM THAT SARAH WOULD GIVE BIRTH TO THE CHILD OF PROMISE AT THIS TIME NEXT YEAR; SARAH WAS 90 YEARS OLD, ABRAHAM 100 YRS OLD

B)   SARAH OVERHEARD & LAUGHED TO HERSELF BUT THE LORD HEARD IT

C)   THERE ARE TIMES WHEN OUR FAITH JUST DOESN’T MEASURE UP BUT GOD IS STILL FAITHFUL.

D)   JESUS SAYS TO US LIKE THE MAN WITH WHO HAD A SON WITH A DEAF & DUMB SPIRIT IN MARK 9 “IF YOU CAN BELIEVE ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!” WE PRAY “HELP THOU MINE UNBELIEF!”

4)    GOD LIKES TO SHARE HIS PLANS WITH US (ISN’T THAT AMAZING!)(16-19)

A)   GOD SAID “SHALL I HIDE FROM ABRAHAM WHAT I AM ABOUT TO DO?”

B)   ABRAHAM HAD BECOME INTEGRAL TO GOD’S PLAN TO SEND A SAVIOR, GOD WOULD BLESS ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH THROUGH ABRAHAM

C)   THROUGH ABRAHAM THE MESSIAH OF ISRAEL, THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD WOULD COME.

D)    AND BESIDES HE COULD DEPEND UPON ABRAHAM TO DIRECT HIS HOUSEHOLD & TO RAISE HIS CHILDREN AFTER HIM TO KEEP THE WORD OF THE LORD.  (UNLIKE ELI THE HIGH PRIEST YEARS LATER WHO WOULD NOT CORRECT HIS SONS. 1Sa 2:12 Eli’s sons were wicked men; they had no regard for the LORD.

E)   EVEN AS GOD PLANNED TO SEND A SAVIOR THROUGH THE SEED OF ABRAHAM THE WICKEDNESS OF SODOM & GOMORRAH HAD COME UP BEFORE HIM.  HE HAD TO DEAL WITH THESE CITIES NOW!

5)    YOU SEE, THERE IS A LIMIT TO GOD’S PATIENCE, MERCY & GRACE (20-22)

A)   GOD IS LOVING & MERCIFUL BUT ALSO HOLY

B)   THEY HAD COME TO DESTROY THIS WICKED CITY & ITS INHABITANTS

C)   WE GET A PICTURE IN CHAP 19 (NEXT WEEK) OF HOW WICKED THEY HAD BECOME.

6)    GOD WILL SPARE THE WICKED FOR THE SAKE OF A FEW RIGHTEOUS

A)   ABRAHAM INTERCEDED FOR SODOM ON BEHALF OF THE RIGHTEOUS

B)   GOD WAS WILLING TO SPARE SODOM EVEN FOR 10 RIGHTEOUS SOULS

C)   GOD COULD NOT FIND EVEN 10 RIGHTEOUS SOULS IN THIS WICKED CITY

D)   SEE EZEKIEL 3:17-19.  GOD HAS MADE US A WATCHMAN TO OUR GENERATION

E)   WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE WHEN CHRIST COMES FOR HIS CHURCH AND THE RIGHTEOUS INTERCESSORS WHO ARE RESTRAINING THE FLOOD OF EVIL ARE REMOVED FROM THE EARTH?

Rev 3:12 (NIV) Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.

7)    GOD’S PLAN FOR US HARDLY EVER MAKES SENSE (17 – 18)

A)   WHEN GOD TOLD ABRAHAM THAT HE WAS GOING TO BLESS SARAH AND SHE WOULD HAVE A SON, ABRAHAM JUST COULDN’T HELP IT.  HE FELL DOWN LAUGHING AND SAID TO HIMSELF “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?”

B)   GOD REFUSES TO BE PUT IN OUR “GOD BOX”.  HIS PLANS AND PURPOSE OFTEN ASTONISH US.   DON’T LIMIT GOD!

8)    CONCLUSION: IN CLOSING I WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT CIRCUMCISION.  CIRCUMCISION INVOLVES A MARK ON THE FLESH, A CUTTING AND REMOVING OF THE FORESKIN ON THE MALE ORGAN.  WHY WOULD GOD PUT HIS MARK ON THAT PART OF THE BODY?  IN GENESIS IN THE BEGINNING, GOD TOLD ADAM AND EVE TO BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY.  GOD PUT HIS MARK ON THE MALE ORGAN INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS OF REPRODUCTION.  GOD STILL WANTS US TO BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY BUT SO OFTEN WE BREAK OUR COVENANT WITH THE WIFE OF OUR YOU.  LOVE GIVES WAY TO LUST AND PERVERSION.  INSTEAD OF CHILDREN BEING BORN INTO A LOVING PROTECTIVE, NURTURING HOME THEY ARE OFTEN ABORTED (THEIR LIVES TERMINATED), ABANDONED OR DISCARDED…. WHAT BETTER PLACE FOR THE MARK OF COVENANT.  WHEN WE MAKE COVENANT WITH GOD, THIS COVENANT PROVIDES PROTECTION FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.  GOD HAS CALLED MEN TO BE THE PRIESTS OF THEIR HOUSEHOLD.  WE ARE TO LOVE OUR WIVES AS CHRIST LOVES THE CHURCH AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR IT.  SEXUAL INTERCOURSE OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE IS SIN AND SIN HAS CONSEQUENCES.  WHEN THE MARRIAGE COVENANT IS BROKEN THE CHILDREN SUFFER.  MAY GOD HELP US MEN TO HONOR HIM EXERCISING THE GIFT OF OUR SEXUALITY. 

 

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