In many ways the life of Abraham is a picture of the life of faith of a believer in Jesus Christ. The Lord called Abraham to follow Him. And as long as He kept his eyes on the Lord, he prospered in his walk. But in those times he took his eyes off the Lord, the Lord called out to Abraham to draw him back.
It has been 13 years since the birth of Ishmael. Abram is now 99 years old; Sarai 89. And the Lord comes to Abram to confirm His covenant. He changes the name of Abram to Abraham, 'Father of a multitude,' and Sarai to Sarah, a constant reminder of the Lord's promise for an heir and a land. In addition to a new name, he promises a son, to be born within the year; a son to be named Isaac, meaning 'Laughter,' a reminder that both Abraham and Sarah laughed at impossible promise, along with the joy this child brought to such an old couple.
Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May the Lord bless you through the teaching of God's Word.
In many ways, the life of Abraham becomes an allegory of sorts for the Christian life. We see times of tremendous faith, such as when Abraham rose early to offer up Isaac to the Lord as seen in Genesis 22. We see times of questioning, as when Abraham asked the Lord in Genesis 15, “O Lord God, what will You give me since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” We see times of great courage, as when Abraham pursued the kings who took his nephew, Lot, captive; pursuing them hundreds of miles to rescue his relative. And we see times of great cowardice, as when he claimed Sarah was his sister instead of his wife, not once but twice.
And, as we see in Genesis 16, we see times of stumbling. Assured of the Lord's promise to raise a child from his own flesh, Abram still stumbled, following his wife's counsel to bear a child through her maid, Hagar; perhaps this would be how the promise was to be fulfilled.
But through it all, we see the constancy of God. He never changes, nor does He waiver in His commitment to His promises, despite Abraham's, and our own, failings.
Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May the Lord bless you through the teaching of His Word.
Every believer at some point in their walk with the Lord experiences questions, and even doubts. Life is filled with troubles that grieve us; leaving us to wonder how we reconcile our trials and tribulations with the promises of God in Scripture.
In his life, Abraham also dealt with questions. The man referred to as the friend of God, and the father of all who believer, struggled with questions. In Genesis 15, we see that in the midst of these deep questions, the Lord meets Abram in the midst of his struggles. We see God responding to Abram's questions with grace and patience.
We can take comfort in knowing it is OK to come to God with our questions. For in the midst of our suffering, we get a glimpse into what God has done on our behalf through the cross of Christ.
May you be blessed as you listen to today's lesson.
Thank you for listening.
In Genesis 12, the Lord called Abram to leave his home, his relatives and his father's house and journey to a land the Lord would show him. The promise of God was to make Abram a great nation; to make his name great; to bless the nations of the earth through his seed.
By faith Abram stepped out, leaving it all behind; with one notable exception. Abram took with with him Lot, the son of his late brother, Haran. Many have commented on the wisdom of this decision, and that is still a topic of much discussion.
But in Genesis 14, we see Lot now in a situation requiring rescue. The kings around the Salt Sea rebelled against their oppressors whom they had served for 12 years. This included Sodom where Lot had taken up residence. And when the dust settled, Sodom was again defeated and Lot now a prisoner.
Upon hearing of his capture, Abram musters his forces and mounts a rescue mission. As we enter into the events of Genesis 14, we get a picture of another, greater, rescue mission. Surely Lot's choices put him into his predicament and as such did not deserve rescue. Likewise, we in our sin, by our own decisions have been led captive by a much greater enemy. But God in His mercy launched a rescue mission, sending His own Son to seek and to save that which was lost.
May you be blessed through God's Word.
Thank you for listening.
God's redemptive plan is seen throughout all of Scripture. From the very beginning in Genesis 3, when God promises the seed of the woman who would crush the serpent's head, the Bible is a history of God redeeming fallen man.
In today's lesson, we see how the life of Abraham fits into God's plan. From Genesis 12 and the call of Abram, we will see the sovereign will of God, the faithful response of Abraham and God's marvelous grace on display as Abram stumbles on his faith journey.
When the apostle Paul met the risen Lord on the road to Damascus, the Lord said of him, "he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel...I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake." Certainly this was the life Paul led as an ambassador for Christ. As he wrote to the church in Corinth, he had been imprisoned, beaten times without number, received the thirty-nine lashes from the Jews five times, stoned, shipwrecked three times, and the list goes on. But despite the constant threat of suffering, Paul eagerly served the Lord without fail.
Knowing the road that lay ahead of him, Paul eagerly took up the stewardship of suffering given him in his service for Christ. But what could possibly motivate someone to take up such a mission? And how can we apply this to our lives today.
In today's lesson from 2 Corinthians 5, we get a glimpse into Paul's motivation for service. May you be blessed as you listen to it and meditate upon God's Word.