Lessons from the Life of Abraham (part 11)

LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM

PART 11: GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES

( Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

1)    INTRODUCTION – IT HAD BEEN 25 YEARS SINCE GOD CALLED ABRAHAM OUT OF HARAN AND PROMISED TO BLESS ALL THE PEOPLES OF THE EARTH THROUGH HIM.  NOW, EXACTLY ONE YEAR AFTER THE 3 HEAVENLY VISITORS HAD CAME, SARAH GAVE BIRTH TO ISAAC, THE SON OF PROMISE.

TEXT: GENESIS 21.

 2)    GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES (1-5)

A)   A YEAR EARLIER 3 HEAVENLY VISITORS TOLD ABRAHAM THIS TIME NEXT YEAR SARAH WOULD HAVE A SON

B)   NOW ISAAC WAS BORN AT THE VERY TIME GOD HAD PROMISED; HE WAS THE SON THAT GOD HAD PROMISED ABRAHAM & SARAH  (HEB 11:11-12)

C)   WHEN ISAAC WAS 8 DAYS OLD ABRAHAM CIRCUMCISED HIM IN OBEDIENCE TO GOD

D)   ABRAHAM WAS NOW 100 YEARS OLD WHEN ISAAC WAS BORN

3)    GOD HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR & WANTS US TO LAUGH WITH HIM (6-7)

A)   SARAH HAD FELT HERSELF THE OBJECT OF SCORN ALL THESE YEARS BECAUSE SHE HAD NOT BEEN ABLE TO BEAR CHILDREN WITH ABRAHAM

B)   WHEN THE 3 HEAVENLY VISITORS CAME REMEMBER HOW SARAH HAD LAUGHED AT THE THOUGHT OF BEARING A CHILD IN HER OLD AGE

C)   NOW IT WAS SARAH’S TURN TO LAUGH – TO REJOICE;  SHE NAMED HER SON ISAAC “HE LAUGHS OR LAUGHTER”; “THE JOY OF THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH”

4)    HAGAR & ISHMAEL ARE SENT AWAY (9-14)

A)   ISHMAEL NOW 13, SON OF THE EGYPTIAN, HAGAR, BEGAN TO MOCK ISAAC, THE SON OF PROMISE

B)   ISHMAEL, THE SON PRODUCED IN THE NATURAL WAY, CAME TO REPRESENT OLD COVENANT, THE WORKS OF THE FLESH.  THE FLESH, OUR OLD CARNAL NATURE WILL ALWAYS COME TO MOCK “THE PROMISES OF GOD” GIVEN TO US UNDER THE NEW COVENANT, GIVEN BY CHRIST; THERE COMES A TIME & A NEED FOR SEPARATION BETWEEN THE TWO (GAL 4:21-31).

C)   ABRAHAM WAS DISTRESSED BUT GOD TOLD HIM TO LISTEN TO HIS WIFE THAT IT WAS THROUGH ISAAC THE PROMISE WAS GIVEN.

5)    GOD HEARS THE CRIES OF THE AFFLICTED(15-20)

A)   HAGAR FORCED TO LEAVE THOUGHT IT WAS THE END FOR HER AND HER SON

B)   GOD HEARD THE BOY CRYING AND SENT AN ANGEL TO INTERVENE

C)   IT APPEARS THAT GOD MIRACULOUSLY PROVIDED A WELL OF WATER & VERSE 20 SAYS THAT “GOD WAS WITH THE BOY AS HE GREW UP”.  GOD PROMISED THAT HE WOULD MAKE OF THE BOY A GREAT NATION ALSO.

6)    BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS (22-32

A)   ABIMELECH & HIS TRIBE RECOGNIZED THAT “GOD WAS WITH ABRAHAM IN EVERYTHING HE DID”  (1)

B)   ABIMELECH FEARING GOD, ASKED ABRAHAM TO DEAL FAIRLY WITH ABIMELECH, WHILE ABRAHAM WAS IN WHAT ABIMELECH CONSIDERED HIS TERRITORY, WHICH ABRAHAM QUICKLY AGREED TO DO (REMEMBER THE FORMER EPISODE BETWEEN ABIMELECH WHERE ABIMELECH TOOK SARAH FOR HIS WIFE THINKING THAT SHE WAS ABRAHAM’S SISTER?)

C)   ABRAHAM SUBSEQUENTLY COMPLAINED TO ABIMELECH ABOUT A WELL THAT HE HAD DUG THAT ABIMELECH’S SERVANTS HAD SEIZED FOR THEMSELVES.

D)   ABRAHAM & ABIMELECH MADE A TREATY, ABRAHAM GAVE ABIMELECH SHEEP & CATTLE AND A GIFT OF

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