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Genesis 17 Introduction.pptx

  1. Genesis 17: 1-2 Walking Before the Lord
  2. Recap from Chapter 16 Childlessness for over 10 years got to Sarai, Abram’s wife. She decides to give her maid servant, Hagai, to Abram as a second wife. Abram agrees. Abram and Sarai did not consult the Lord over their plan. The taking of Hagai as a concubine created problems in Abram’s household. The Lord appears to Hagai who had run away and tells her to return to her mistress.
  3. Recap from Chapter 16 (Continued) Hagai returns and bore Abraham a son. Abram called his son with Hagar as Ishmael. Abram was 86 Years old when Hagar bore Ishmael.
  4. Genesis 17:1 - 2 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. 2 And I will make My covenant between Me and you and will multiply you exceedingly.”
  5. Introduction In Chapter 17, God appears to Abram and announces Himself as El-Shakddai ( God Almighty) 1. This is the fourth recorded instance of the Lord Speaking to Abraham (see Genesis 12:1, 12:7; 15:1). 2. On each occasion the Lord reveals some greater detail of His plans for Abram and his descendants. 3. Abram was 75 years old when he departed from Haran to the promised land (Canaan). 4. Abram was 86 years old when Hagar bore Ishmael. 5. He was 99 Years old when the Lord appeared to him in Genesis 17. 6. 24 years had passed since the initial promise was made to him. 7. 13 Years had passed since Ismael was born.
  6. The Names of God - EL The simplest name by which God is referred to is El. In Genesis 16: 13 we saw the name El-Roi, the God who sees, which comes from the story of Hagar in. o This name tells us that He is not a distant God, watching things from afar. But that He sees you regardless of your circumstances. In Genesis 17: 1, God refers to Himself as El Shaddai which means God Almighty o This name tells us that God is all-powerful; nothing is too hard for Him. He can do anything. o It indicates that God controls the power of nature and makes them serve His purposes.
  7. The Names of God - YHWH God reveals Himself by name in the Bible and these names are significant in that they reveal something of who God is. The most common name for God in Scripture is the one our Bibles write as LORD in all capital letters. It is the name YHWH, which we pronounce Yahweh. 1. The Jews had such reverence for this name that they would not say it out loud, instead they used the name Adonai. 2. The meaning is explained in Exodus 3:14 “And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” 3. This name stresses the covenant faithfulness of God. That He will be what He was always been to His people. 4. YHWH is the incommunicable name of God, it is never used for anyone else but God. 5. The Jews attempted to stone the Lord Jesus Christ in John 8:58 when He referred to Himself as I AM.
  8. The Names of God - Adonai 1. This name points to God as the almighty ruler to whom all things are subject. 2. It is commonly rendered as Lord in the Bible and is used more than 400 times in the Bible. 3. It was the usual name by which the people of Israel addressed God. 4. Used in Psalm 97: 5, “The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD (YWHW), At the presence of the Lord (Adonai) of the whole earth”.
  9. Why does God, reveal Himself as El- Shaddai in Genesis 17:1? 1. This was after Abram and Sarai had tried to help God to fulfil His promise for an offspring for Abram. 2. Abram and Sarai had reasoned that it was impossible for Sarai to conceive a child given that she was advanced in age. 3. God is therefore reminding Abram, that there is nothing impossible with God. 4. That God has the power to bring to pass all of His promises and there is nothing that can hinder His purposes.
  10. God gives two instructions to Abram God gives Abram two instructions related to whom He has revealed Himself to be, namely: 1. Walk before me, 2. Be blameless. Question: How would Chapter 16 have been different if Abram had walked before the Lord? Answer: Abram would not have agreed to help God by having a child with Hagar. 1. He should have consulted the Lord to establish what he should do. 2. He should have trusted that the Lord who can do anything would bring to pass His purposes through His almighty power. 3. He would have not done that which was not right and taken a second wife regardless of it being acceptable in the culture of the day.
  11. What does Walking Before the Lord look like for You and Me? When we walk before the Lord it means 1. Bear in mind God’s presence as we walk through life. 2. Bringing before the Lord all our cares and not being self sufficient in ourselves. 3. Waiting upon the Lord and not being impatient. In His time God will bring to pass His promises. 4. Trusting that God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us (Ephesians 3:20). 5. Being careful not to do anything that would displease an Almighty God. 6. Obeying God’s standard of Holiness which is that you must be blameless.
  12. Concluding Remarks • God appears to Abram and reminds him that He is the Almighty God. • God places two obligations on Abram for him to enjoy the benefits of the Covenant and these are that he should walk before the Lord and be blameless. • We as believers are descendants of Abraham if we believe (have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ) • As descendants of Abraham, we must walk before the Lord and be blameless • If you are not a Christian, it is impossible for you to be blameless before the Lord for your sin places you at enmity with God (Romans 8:5-7). John Calvin says, “There is no other method of living piously and justly, than that of depending upon God.”
  13. Questions? The End