Jan 13 19 Faith


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Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule by Skip Andrews. It can be found here: http://www.churchofchristduluthga.org/
Each Sunday a lesson is given from some of that week's reading. This lesson covers Jan 13-19.

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Jan 13 19 Faith

  1. 1. We Must Have Faith I hope we adequately covered the book of Job in last week’s lesson. With that in mind, I decided to base today’s lesson on yesterday’s reading.
  2. 2. We Must Have Faith <ul><li>I think we can learn from the belief, faith, Abraham had that God would do what he said He’d do. </li></ul><ul><li>I take you back to part of January’s 1st reading. </li></ul>
  3. 3. We Must Have Faith <ul><li>Hebrews 11:1 NET Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see . 2 For by it the people of old received God's commendation. </li></ul>
  4. 4. We Must Have Faith <ul><li>3 By faith we understand that the worlds were set in order at God's command, so that the visible has its origin in the invisible. </li></ul>
  5. 5. We Must Have Faith <ul><li>4 By faith Abel offered God a greater sacrifice than Cain, and through his faith he was commended as righteous, because God commended him for his offerings. </li></ul>
  6. 6. We Must Have Faith <ul><li>And through his faith he still speaks, though he is dead. 5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he did not see death, and he was not to be found because God took him up. </li></ul>
  7. 7. We Must Have Faith <ul><li>For before his removal he had been commended as having pleased God. </li></ul><ul><li>6 Now without faith it is impossible to please him, </li></ul>
  8. 8. We Must Have Faith <ul><li>for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. </li></ul>
  9. 9. We Must Have Faith <ul><li>7 By faith Noah, when he was warned about things not yet seen, with reverent regard constructed an ark for the deliverance of his family. </li></ul>
  10. 10. We Must Have Faith <ul><li>Through faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. </li></ul>
  11. 11. We Must Have Faith <ul><li>8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place he would later receive as an inheritance, and he went out without understanding where he was going. </li></ul>
  12. 12. We Must Have Faith <ul><li>9 By faith he lived as a foreigner in the promised land as though it were a foreign country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who were fellow heirs of the same promise. </li></ul>
  13. 13. We Must Have Faith <ul><li>10 For he was looking forward to the city with firm foundations, whose architect and builder is God. </li></ul>
  14. 14. We Must Have Faith <ul><li>11 By faith, even though Sarah herself was barren and he was too old, he received the ability to procreate, because he regarded the one who had given the promise to be trustworthy. </li></ul>
  15. 15. We Must Have Faith <ul><li>12 So in fact children were fathered by one man — and this one as good as dead — like the number of stars in the sky and like the innumerable grains of sand on the seashore . </li></ul>
  16. 16. We Must Have Faith <ul><li>13 These all died in faith without receiving the things promised, but they saw them in the distance and welcomed them and acknowledged that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth. </li></ul>
  17. 17. We Must Have Faith <ul><li>14 For those who speak in such a way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland . </li></ul>
  18. 18. We Must Have Faith <ul><li>15 In fact, if they had been thinking of the land that they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. </li></ul>
  19. 19. We Must Have Faith <ul><li>16 But as it is, they aspire to a better land, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. </li></ul>
  20. 20. The Obedience of Abram <ul><li>Genesis 12:1 NET </li></ul><ul><li>Now the LORD said to Abram, &quot;Go out from your country, your relatives, and your father's household to the land that I will show you. </li></ul>
  21. 21. The Obedience of Abram <ul><li>The Call. - The word of Jehovah , by which Abram was called, contained a command and a promise. Abram was to leave all - his country, his kindred and his father's house - and to follow the Lord into the land which He would show him. </li></ul>
  22. 22. The Obedience of Abram <ul><li>Thus he was to trust entirely to the guidance of God, and to follow wherever He might lead him . (K&D) </li></ul>
  23. 23. The Obedience of Abram <ul><li>2 Then I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will make your name great, so that you will exemplify divine blessing. </li></ul>
  24. 24. The Obedience of Abram <ul><li>And I will make of thee a great nation,.... In a literal sense, as the people of the Jews were that descended from him, and in a spiritual sense believers in all ages and of all nations, that walk in the steps of the faith of Abram, who are his children, and are blessed with him: (Gill) </li></ul>
  25. 25. The Obedience of Abram <ul><li>“ And bless thee. ” The place of his birth and kindred was the scene of all his past earthly joys. But the Lord will make up the loss to him in a purer and safer scene of temporal prosperity. </li></ul>
  26. 26. The Obedience of Abram <ul><li>“ And make thy name great. ” This was to compensate him for his father’s house. He was to be the patriarch of a new house, on account of which he would be known and venerated all over the world. (Barnes) </li></ul>
  27. 27. The Obedience of Abram <ul><li>The four members of this promise are not to be divided into two parallel members, in which case the athnach (Hebrew punctuation) would stand in the wrong place; but are to be regarded as an ascending climax, expressing four elements of the salvation promised to Abram, the last of which is still further expanded in Gen.12:3 . (K&D) </li></ul>
  28. 28. The Obedience of Abram <ul><li>3 I will bless those who bless you, but the one who treats you lightly I must curse, and all the families of the earth will bless one another by your name.&quot; </li></ul>
  29. 29. The Obedience of Abram <ul><li>And in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed; that is, in his seed, as in Gen 22:18 and which is interpreted of Christ, Acts 3:25 meaning not every individual of all the families or nations of the earth; </li></ul>
  30. 30. The Obedience of Abram <ul><li>but that as many as believe in Christ, of all nations, are blessed in him; and that whoever of them are blessed, they are blessed and only blessed in him, and that they are blessed for his sake with all spiritual blessings; such as redemption, justification, remission of sins, sanctification, adoption, and eternal life. (Gill) </li></ul>
  31. 31. The Promise To Abram <ul><li>Genesis 22:18 LITV And in your Seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed because you have obeyed My voice. </li></ul>
  32. 32. The Promise To Abram <ul><li>Genesis 22:18 GW Through your descendant all the nations of the earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.&quot; </li></ul>
  33. 33. The Promise To Abram <ul><li>Acts 3:25 LITV You are sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God appointed to our fathers, saying to Abraham, &quot;Even in your Seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.&quot; </li></ul>
  34. 34. The Promise To Abram <ul><li>Acts 3:25 GW You are the descendants of the prophets and the heirs of the promise that God made to our ancestors when he said to Abraham, 'Through your descendant all people on earth will be blessed.' </li></ul>
  35. 35. The Obedience of Abram <ul><li>4 So Abram left, just as the LORD had told him to do, and Lot went with him. (Now Abram was 75 years old when he departed from Haran.) </li></ul>
  36. 36. The Obedience of Abram <ul><li>5 And Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they left for the land of Canaan. They entered the land of Canaan. </li></ul>
  37. 37. The Obedience of Abram <ul><li>Abram believed that the blessing of the Almighty would make up for all he could lose or leave behind, supply all his wants, and answer and exceed all his desires; and he knew that nothing but misery would follow disobedience. Such believers, being justified by faith in Christ, have peace with God. </li></ul>
  38. 38. The Obedience of Abram <ul><li>They hold on their way to Canaan. They are not discouraged by the difficulties in their way, nor drawn aside by the delights they meet with. Those who set out for heaven must persevere to the end. </li></ul>
  39. 39. The Obedience of Abram <ul><li>What we undertake, in obedience to God's command, and in humble attendance on his providence, will certainly succeed, and end with comfort at last. Canaan was not, as other lands, a mere outward possession, but a type of heaven, and in this respect the patriarchs so earnestly prized it. (MHCC) </li></ul>
  40. 40. The Obedience of Abram <ul><li>Genesis 12:6 NET Abram traveled through the land as far as the oak tree of Moreh at Shechem. (At that time the Canaanites were in the land.) </li></ul>
  41. 41. The Obedience of Abram <ul><li>The Hebrew word Moreh ( מוֹרֶה , moreh) means “teacher.” It may well be that the place of this great oak tree was a Canaanite shrine where instruction took place. (NET notes) </li></ul>
  42. 42. The Promise To Abram <ul><li>7 The LORD appeared to Abram and said, &quot;To your descendants I will give this land.&quot; So Abram built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him. </li></ul>
  43. 43. The Promise To Abram <ul><li>This is the first time in the Genesis’ verses we’ve read today where The Lord promises specific land for Abram’s descendants. </li></ul>
  44. 44. The Promise To Abram <ul><li>It seems Abram’s faith is still strong which is shown by what he does next. </li></ul>
  45. 45. The Worship Of Abram <ul><li>Abram built an altar there to the LORD, </li></ul><ul><li>By way of gratitude and thankfulness for his kind and gracious appearance, and for the gift of the land of Canaan to his offspring; for on this altar he no doubt offered sacrifice in a way of thanksgiving, as Noah did when he came out of the ark. (Gill) </li></ul>
  46. 46. Abram Went Down to Egypt <ul><li>A famine is upon the land so Abram flees to Egypt for relief. </li></ul><ul><li>In Abram’s visit in Egypt we might see some of his character flaws. </li></ul>
  47. 47. A Time Of Weakness <ul><li>Genesis 12:11 NET As he approached Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, &quot;Look, I know that you are a beautiful woman. 12 When the Egyptians see you they will say, </li></ul>
  48. 48. A Time Of Weakness <ul><li>'This is his wife.' Then they will kill me but will keep you alive. 13 So tell them you are my sister so that it may go well for me because of you and my life will be spared on account of you.&quot; </li></ul>
  49. 49. A Time Of Weakness <ul><li>By this we learn not to use unlawful means nor to put others in danger to save ourselves. Though it may appear that Abram did not fear death, so much as dying without children, he acts as though God's promise had not taken place; in which appeared a weak faith. </li></ul><ul><li>(Geneva Bible Notes) </li></ul>
  50. 50. A Time Of Weakness <ul><li>Say thou art my sister - The grace Abram was most eminent for was faith, and yet he thus fell through unbelief and distrust of the divine Providence, even after God had appeared to him twice. Alas, What will become of the willows, when the cedars are thus shaken? (Wesley) </li></ul>
  51. 51. A Time Of Weakness <ul><li>Okay, Abram had a weak moment, but was he a liar? </li></ul><ul><li>Genesis 20:12 NET What's more, she is indeed my sister, my father's daughter, but not my mother's daughter. She became my wife. </li></ul>
  52. 52. Abram & Lot Part Ways <ul><li>Abram & Lot have parted ways as their livestock was too much for the area to support. Lot ends up settling next Sodom. Abram settled in Canaan. War breaks out. </li></ul>
  53. 53. Abram & Lot Part Ways <ul><li>Lot and all his possessions are captured. Abram rallies his men to war and saves Lot. </li></ul><ul><li>As he returns Melchizedek comes out to meet him. </li></ul>
  54. 54. Melchizedek <ul><li>Genesis 14:18 NET Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (Now he was the priest of the Most High God.) </li></ul>
  55. 55. Melchizedek <ul><li>19 He blessed Abram, saying, &quot;Blessed be Abram by the Most High God, Creator of heaven and earth. </li></ul>
  56. 56. Melchizedek <ul><li>20 Worthy of praise is the Most High God, who delivered your enemies into your hand.&quot; Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything. </li></ul>
  57. 57. Melchizedek <ul><li>The Rabbins (French for Rabbi) say, that Melchizedek was Shem the son of Noah, who was king and priest to those that descended from him, according to the patriarchal model. </li></ul>
  58. 58. Melchizedek <ul><li>Many Christian writers have thought that this was an appearance of the Son of God himself, our Lord Jesus, known to Abram at this time by this name. But as nothing is expressly revealed concerning it, we can determine nothing. </li></ul>
  59. 59. Melchizedek <ul><li>He brought forth bread and wine - For the refreshment of Abram and his soldiers, and in congratulation of their victory. This he did as a king. As priest of the most high God he blessed Abram, which we may suppose a greater refreshment to Abram than his bread and wine were. (Wesley) </li></ul>
  60. 60. Melchizedek <ul><li>A tenth part of all the spoils he had taken from the confederate kings. These Abram gave as a tribute to the most high God, who, being the possessor of heaven and earth, dispenses all spiritual and temporal favors, and demands the gratitude, and submissive, loving obedience, of all his subjects. (Clarke) </li></ul>
  61. 61. Jesus Christ Our Melchizedek <ul><li>When we have received some great mercy from God, it is very fit we should express our thankfulness by some special act of pious charity. Jesus Christ, our great Melchizedek, is to have homage done him, and to be humbly acknowledged as our King and Priest; not only the tithe of all, but all we have, must be given up to him. (MHCC) </li></ul>
  62. 62. <ul><li>Faith in what God says, He’ll do! Abram was 75 when he was called on to have this faith. He showed his faith by doing what he was told. </li></ul>Jesus Christ Our Melchizedek
  63. 63. <ul><li>More than this, he had faith in future events God said would come about. </li></ul><ul><li>Yes, he had times of weakness when his faith didn’t show. He over came that and continued as God would have him go. </li></ul>Jesus Christ Our Melchizedek
  64. 64. Jesus Christ Our Melchizedek <ul><li>Does our faith even come close to comparing with his? Jesus said He would come back for us. Do we, like Abram, show our faith in this by doing what we’re told in God’s Word? </li></ul>