FEAR OF THE LORD1
Abraham (The Father of Many Nations)
Scripture: Genesis 12:1 -23:19
Many years after the time of Noha …..
there was a man named Abram.
Abram was a good man who owned many sheep and cattle. He lived with his wife Sarai in the land of Haran. His father was Terah. But he had no children
THE LORD SAID TO ABRAM, “LEAVE YOUR COUNTRY, YOUR PEOPLE AND YOUR FATHER’S FAMILY TO THE LAND I WILL SHOW YOU.
I WILL MAKE YOU INTO A GREAT NATION, I WILL BLESS YOU, I WILL MAKE YOUR NAME GREAT.”
Do you think Abram was scared to go to a new place?
Did Abram know where he was going?
No. God just told Abraham to leave his country and go somewhere God would show him.
ABRAM LEFT, AS GOD, HAD TOLD HIM
Abram was seventy-five (75) years old when he left his own country.
He took his wife, Sarai, his nephew, lot and everything that they had and moved to the country of Canaan
Abraham and Sarah were very old
They had no children
They prayed to GOD for a son.
WHEN ABRAM WAS 99 YEARS OLD,
GOD LORD APPEARED AND SAID “I WILL MULTIPLY YOU GREATLY. FROM NOW ON YOUR NAME SHALL BE ABRAHAM WHICH MEANS, ” THE FATHER OF MANY NATIONS.”
And so God made a covenant with Abraham.
A covenant is a promise between two people.
God said to Abraham, “THIS IS THE COVENANT I AM MAKING WITH YOU. I WILL BE YOUR GOD, AND YOU WILL BE MY PEOPLE. THIS IS MY EVERLASTING PROMISE TO YOU AND TO EVERYONE WHO COMES AFTER YOU.”
And then God said, “From now on, you shall call your wife Sarah, which means “princess.” I will bless her. She will have a son, and she will become the mother of nations and kings.”
One day Abraham was sitting by the door of his tent. He saw three men walking by. When Abraham saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to meet them and bowed to the ground. Abraham treated them well.
While they were eating outside, the man who was really God asked, “Abraham, where is your wife, Sarah?”
Then the man who was really God said, “SARAH WILL HAVE A SON NEXT YEAR”
When Abraham was a hundred years old – that’s pretty old, isn’t it? – and Sarah was ninety years old, God made it so that Sarah could become pregnant and she gave birth to a son. Abraham named this son Isaac, and he was so happy that he gave a great feast to celebrate
A few years later, though, God came and tested Abraham.
“ABRAHAM,” HE SAID, “I WANT YOU TO TAKE YOUR SON, ISAAC, AND GO TO THE LAND OF MORIAH AND OFFER HIM THERE AS A BURNT OFFERING ON ONE OF THE MOUNTAINS I WILL TELL YOU ABOUT.”
Do you think Abraham will do it? Will Abraham kill his son, Isaac, because God asked him to?
How do you think it made Abraham feel for God to ask him to kill his son?
Why do you think God would tell Abraham to kill Isaac?
The next morning,
Abraham bundled the wood up and put it on his donkey, and then Abraham, Isaac, and two of Abraham’s servants set out on the way God had directed them.
After walking for three days, Abraham looked up and saw the place where God was leading him
Then Abraham said to his servants, ” Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go over there to worship; then will come back to you.”
Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac.
Imagine, Isaac had to carry the wood for his own sacrifice.
Many, many years later, God’s own son would have to carry the wood for his own sacrifice. Then, it would be the wood of the cross.
As they walked, Isaac asked his father, Abraham, “Father, we have the wood and the knife, but where is the sacrifice? Where is the thing we are going to kill and burn up for God?”
That question must have nearly broken his father’s heart.
But, God had promised Abraham that through him many people would be blessed. And God always keeps his promises.
“God Himself will provide,” Abraham said. He probably didn’t even know what he was saying. He didn’t understand, but he trusted God.
When they arrived at the place that God had told him about, Abraham built the altar and arranged the wood. He tied his son with rope and laid him on the wood. He trusted that God was good. He couldn’t understand why he had to sacrifice his son. He only knew that God had commanded it.
Then, he lifted the knife and was about to kill Isaac when an angel suddenly yelled, “ABRAHAM! ABRAHAM!”
“I’m here!” Abraham answered.
“DO NOT KILL THE BOY,” THE ANGEL ANSWERED. “YOU HAVE DONE THE RIGHT THING. YOU WERE WILLING TO EVEN GIVE UP YOUR SON IF GOD ASKED YOU TO. NOW, GOD KNOWS THAT GOD IS FIRST IN YOUR LIFE. GOD WILL BLESS YOU FOR THIS AND GIVE YOU MANY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, AND GOD WILL GIVE THIS WHOLE COUNTRY TO THEM FOREVER.”
Why did God tell Abraham to sacrifice Isaac? (God wanted to see if Abraham would listen to Him.)
God asks us to do hard things sometimes. He might even ask us to stop doing something that we like to do, but we have to be willing to do whatever God asks us. We have to make sure that God is always first in our lives. He has to be number one, the most important thing. And if we will do what God tells us to and make Him first in our lives, then He will reward us, just like He rewarded Abraham.
Who was Abraham’s Father
Who was Abraham’s wife?
Where did Abraham’s live?
Which land did God lead Abraham to?
What is the meaning of Abraham?
Whom did the Lord rename “Sarah”?
What would be the name of Sarah’s son?
How many men came to visit Abraham in the plains of Mamre?
How old was Abram when God called him to leave Haran?
Who else went with Abram?
The Journeys of Abraham
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