The promises to Abram/Abraham

The promises to Abram/Abraham

Genesis 17:1-7,15,16

Do you have any promises that you are waiting to see completed?

          Spouse, children, boss

What about promises from God?

          Is there anything that God has promised, that you are waiting to see fulfilled?

          Isn’t it exhausting?

We wait on promises from God, sometimes a long time, and we get tired of waiting.

Abraham was 75 years old when he received the promise of God

Gen 12:1-3

1: Now Jehovah said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto the land that I will show thee:

2: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make they name great; and be thou a blessing:

3: and I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will I curse: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

That is an amazing promise!

What one of us would not want God to say something like that to us!?

          But…It took Abraham 25 years to see the promise of God fulfilled!

          Who among us would want to wait that long to see a promise of God fulfilled?

Interestingly…

Abrams father’s name was Terah (delay or wait a bit)

Abram name means (exalted father) – remember he had no children at that time

Abraham sojourned in Haran (parched land)

          So the exalted father was sojourning in the parched land, with no children.

God says GO, and Abram goes, but 25 years go by before the promise is fulfilled.

Abraham was human, don’t think he wasn’t

          Don’t give him superman powers.  I’m sure there were many days he thought about the promise of God and how quickly time was slipping away.

He was tempted to “force the issue” – but that is rarely a good idea, usually it’s a very bad idea.

Sarai gives him her handmaiden, and Ishmael is born.

Ishmael – is the father of the Arab nations, the militant enemies of the Jewish nation

Not exactly the completion of God’s promise…

Hebrews 11:8-12

8: By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed to go out unto a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

9: By faith he became a sojourner in the land of promise, as in a land not his own, dwelling in tents, with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

10: for he looked for the city which hath the foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

11By faith even Sarah herself received power to conceive seed when she was past age, since she counted him faithful who had promised:

12: wherefore also there sprang of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of heaven in multitude, and as the sand, which is by the sea-shore, innumerable.

Abraham is listed as a man of faith, one of the shining examples.

Sarah makes the list as well

They left not knowing where they were going.  How many of you would do the same?

          Men- try telling your wife you are moving the family, when she asks where, tell her you don’t know.

Don’t underestimate what is going on here:

Abraham goes, not knowing where he was going, walking in faith.

Leaving everything and every place that he knows. (Later, he sent back “home” for his son Isaac’s wife)

He gets a new name Abraham (which means father of nations) and he still doesn’t have any kids.

Gen 12:4-6 

4: So Abram went, as Jehovah had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

5: And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

6: And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Shechem, unto the oak of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.

Do you think you have it hard?

Abraham shows up in the land that God has promised, and it’s already full of people!

          Not just ordinary people, remember the Israelite spies – there were giants and such there.

“this is the land I am giving you”  (uh God, is there an empty piece you can show me?)

Rom 4:20-21

20yet, looking unto the promise of God, he wavered not through unbelief, but waxed strong through faith, giving glory to God,

21: and being fully assured that what He had promised, He was able also to perform.

Ok God, no problem.

I’m old, no kids, no personal army, not entirely sure where I am.  Sounds good, I’m just waiting on you God.

Gen 15:1

1: After these things the word of Jehovah came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

2: And Abram said, O Lord Jehovah, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and he that shall be possessor of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?

3: And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

4: And, behold, the word of Jehovah came unto him, saying, This man shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.

5: And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and number the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

6: And he believed in Jehovah; and he reckoned it to him for righteousness.

God repeats His promise to Abraham, and you can sense a bit of frustration from Abraham.

-I am childless, what reward will you give, because I don’t have a proper heir to pass it on to.

But God speaks clearly to him, it will be a proper son

Gen 18:10-14

10: And he said, I will certainly return unto thee when the season cometh round; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard in the tent door, which was behind him.

11: Now Abraham and Sarah were old, and well stricken in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.

12: And Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?

13: And Jehovah said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, who am old?

14: Is anything too hard for Jehovah? At the set time I will return unto thee, when the season cometh round, and Sarah shall have a son.

The Promises of God

          His name - Ne’eman V’Yashar  - Faithful and True (Rev 19:11)

We get fed up when God doesn’t conform to our ideas and time-frames

          But, God always follows through

          God often waits until it is impossible, to demonstrate that He can do the impossible.

                    So don’t get frustrated when it becomes impossible, that is when God is getting ready to act

Hebrews 11:1: Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen.

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