Don’t Fear … Don’t Doubt … Don’t Quit — Genesis 15

Remember that it was said of the Lord Jesus as He became incarnate and emptied Himself of the manifestation of His glory and limited Himself to walking around on earth in a human body: “He was tempted in all respects like all of us and yet He never sinned.”  If that was true of our Lord, think of how it was true of Abraham.  He was tempted to fear his many enemies; he could have given in to any...
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Divine Deliverance Via a Courageous Man of Faith – Gen. 14

Last week in chap. 13 we looked at the Contrasting Choices made by Abram and Lot – the contrast between big-hearted generosity on the part of Abram and selfish worldliness on the part of his nephew Lot.  Our choices have consequences . . . and this week in chap. 14 we see some of the consequences of those choices.  Abram chose to walk by faith and God blessed him greatly.   Lot was absorbed into...
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Walk by Faith Not by Sight — Genesis 13:5-18

Review: Remember the journey that Abram has traveled as we get to this point in the book of Genesis.  He has made some remarkable sacrifices and displayed exemplary commitment in obeying the call of God that came to him first in Ur and then in Haran.  He has arrived in the promised land only to be discouraged by the hardship of famine.  Instead of seeking counsel from God, he walked by sight and...
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Divine Sovereignty Always Trumps Human Expediency — Gen. 12:10 – 13:4

Prov. 14:12  “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Definition of Expediency – driven by what seems convenient and practical and will accomplish the end you desire rather than being driven by principle and conviction and a sense of what is right irregardless of how things might turn out in the end; the end justifies the means I can think of many examples...
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Divine Call . . . Dependent Journey — Genesis 12:1-9

Key transition as we move from chap. 11 to chap. 12.  God has been dealing with all the nations – cf. the Table of Nations in chap. 10; but now God will focus on one person = Abram whom he will rename Abraham – from whom will come the nation of Israel and the Messiah.  Israel is God’s focus until you get to the emergence of the church on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2.  We are currently living...
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