A New Name
“Walk Before Me and Be Blameless”
November 1, 2015
First Baptist Church
What’s the number one thing?
The Glory of God!
1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV
31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of
November Memory Verse
Acts 1:8 NIV
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be
my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the
Please Pray For: The Pastor Search Committee
Ross Aven Rodney DePriest
Laurel Ditto Susan Lindsay
Chris Maddux Joe Young
Paul Moak, Jr. (Chairman)
• Feiler, Bruce. 2002. ABRAHAM: A Journey to the Hearts of Three Faiths.
New York: Harper Publishing.
• The MacArthur NKJV Study Bible. 1997. Nelson Publishers.
• Morgan, Robert J. 2015. Mastering Life Before It’s Too Late. New York:
• Dr. Chuck Missler, YouTube Video on Genesis: Chapters 16-20.
Abram and Sarai
• Abram and Sarai were ½ brother and sister (Gen 20:12-13).
• Abraham was the 20th generation of humans.
Genesis 11:31 NKJV
31 And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his
daughter- in- law Sarai, his son Abram's wife, and they went out with them from
Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and
Promises to Abram
Genesis 12:1-5 NKJV
1 Now the Lord had said to Abram:
"Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father's house,
To a land that I will show you.
2 I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
4 So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And
Abram was seventy- five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 Then Abram
took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they
had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they
departed to go to the land of Canaan.
WHY DID GOD SELECT ABRAM?
• No scripture on Abram’s childhood or early life.
Joshua 24:2-3 NKJV
2 And Joshua said to all the people, "Thus says the Lord God of Israel: 'Your
fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, dwelt on
the other side of the River in old times; and they served other gods. 3 Then I took
your father Abraham from the other side of the River, led him throughout all the
land of Canaan, and multiplied his descendants and gave him Isaac.
• Abraham’s father and other family were idol worshippers.
• Abraham believed in one God and came to that conclusion as a child
(Koran has stories of his childhood).
• Abraham does not just believe in God, he believes God.
• The blessing of Abraham is monotheism: Jews, Christians & Muslims.
Summary of Genesis 12-15
• Abram travels to Egypt because of famine in Canaan.
• Problems between Pharaoh and Abram and Sarai.
• Abram & Lot return to Canaan and divide lands.
• Abram rescues Lot from captivity.
• God makes a covenant with Abram: Descendants & Land.
Genesis 15:6 NKJV
6 And he (Abram) believed in the Lord (faith), and He (God) accounted it to him
Travels of Abraham
Summary of Genesis 16
• Sarai is unable to conceive.
• Gives her Egyptian maidservant (Hagar) to Abram as surrogate.
• Common practice of that time.
• Hagar becomes pregnant & flees because of mistreatment by Sarai.
• God speaks to Hagar to return and have baby and makes promises to
Genesis 16:11-12; 16 NKJV
11 And the Angel of the Lord said to her:
"Behold, you are with child,
And you shall bear a son.
You shall call his name Ishmael,
Because the Lord has heard your affliction.
12 He shall be a wild man;
His hand shall be against every man,
And every man's hand against him.
And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren."
16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.
Genesis 17:1-2 NKJV
1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said
to him, "I am Almighty God; walk before (with) Me and be blameless. 2 And I will
make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly."
• Almighty God – El Shaddai in Hebrew
• Job used term for God 31X and it is used 17X in rest of Bible
“Walk before (with) Me and be blameless”
• Abraham had an obedient and personal relationship with God 430 years
before the Law was given to Moses.
• Genesis 26:5 … because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My
commandments, My statues, and My laws.”
• Paul uses this example in his writings to explain the requirement of faith
and not following the Law for salvation.
3 Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: 4 "As for Me,
behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. 5 No
longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I
have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful;
and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.
• Abram means “mighty or exalted father”
• Abraham means “father of many nations”
7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants
after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and
your descendants after you. 8 Also I give to you and your descendants after you
the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting
possession; and I will be their God."
• All the land of Canaan- Genesis 15:18-21 (See Map)
Land Promised to Abraham: “…from the river of Egypt to the River Euphrates…”
9 And God said to Abraham: "As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and
your descendants after you throughout their generations.
The Abrahamic Covenant
1. The promise of land: Gen. 12:1; 13:14-18; 15:18-21
2. The promise of descendants: Gen. 12:2; 12:4; 17:6
3. The promise of blessing and redemption: Gen 12:3; 21:12; 26:3-4; 28:14-15
4. Circumcision of males was the sign of this covenant.
10 This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your
descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised; 11
and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign
of the covenant between Me and you. 12 He who is eight days old among you
shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in
your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your
descendant. 13 He who is born in your house and he who is bought with your
money must be circumcised, and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an
everlasting covenant. 14 And the uncircumcised male child, who is not
circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his
people; he has broken My covenant."
• Origins in Egypt and Africa.
• Practice began before Abraham’s day.
• Practice became the theocratic distinctive of Israel.
• Marked Abraham and his descendants as followers of El Shaddai.
Why age 8 days for infants?
1. Vitamin K for blood clotting not formed until 5th – 7th day.
• Newborns are now given Vitamin K injection at birth.
2. Prothrombin for clotting peaks by 7th day.
3. Moses followed this age requirement in Leviticus 12:3.
4. Mary and Joseph followed this for Jesus in Luke 2:21.
Genesis 17:15 – 16
15 Then God said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name
Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 And I will bless her and also give you a son
by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of
peoples shall be from her."
• Sarai means “my princess”
• Sarah means “Princess”
Abram to Abraham; Sarai to Sarah
• In Hebrew language, letters have conceptual meanings.
• Adding the letter “h” means adding “love” to the name in Hebrew.
• The name change put the “Spirit of God” in Abraham and Sarah.
17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, "Shall a child
be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety
years old, bear a child?" 18 And Abraham said to God, "Oh, that Ishmael might
live before You!"
• Abraham asks for the lineage to pass thru Ishmael.
• Abraham probably thought that Ishmael was the fulfillment of the promise
of descendants in Genesis 12 & 15.
19 Then God said: "No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his
name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant,
and with his descendants after him. 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you.
Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him
exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.
• Ishmael’s son’s listed in Genesis 25:12-18
21 But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at
this set time next year." 22 Then He finished talking with him, and God went up
from Abraham. 23 So Abraham took Ishmael his son, all who were born in his
house and all who were bought with his money, every male among the men of
Abraham's house, and circumcised the flesh of their foreskins that very same
day, as God had said to him. 24 Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he
was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen
years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 26 That very same
day Abraham was circumcised, and his son Ishmael; 27 and all the men of his
house, born in the house or bought with money from a foreigner, were
circumcised with him.
• The Arabs who consider themselves descendants of Ishmael circumcise
males at age 13 years.
What part of the Abrahamic Covenant has not been fully fulfilled yet?
1. Israel as a nation will possess the totality of the land in the future. Ezekiel
20:33-37, 40-42; 36:1-37
2. Israel as a nation will be converted, forgiven and restored. Romans 11:25-
3. Israel will repent and receive the forgiveness of God in the future.
• These may/can/will be fulfilled during the 2nd Coming and
Messianic Reign of Christ on Earth.
Circumcision in the Old Testament:
• External – A distinguishing mark that identified a family (Jew) as belonging
to the God of Abraham.
• Internal – Deuteronomy 10:16
16 Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-
necked no longer.
- Stiff necked = haughtily stubborn.
- You carry the physical mark on your body, but your actions do not
Circumcision in the New Testament:
29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in
the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.
6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but
faith working through love.
Scofield Bible Footnote on Romans 2:29
“The true sign of belonging to God is not an outward mark on the physical body,
but the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit within – this is what Paul means by
circumcision of the heart.”
16 Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer.
• Origin of the term “stiff-necked”?
• Are you a “stiff-necked” (haughtily stubborn) person?
• How do you get back on track if you are “stiff-necked”?
Eight Marks of “Stiff-Necked” People
by Dr. Ray Pritchard – Keep Believing Ministries
1. Certainty you are right.
2. Refusal to listen to anyone else.
3. Defensive when criticized.
4. Making excuses for your shortcomings.
5. Lashing out at others.
6. No desire to examine your own life.
7. Repeated pattern of misbehavior.
8. Prayer without repentance.
How do you get back on track?
The Art of Strengthening Yourself in the Lord
MASTERING LIFE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE
10 Biblical Strategies For A Lifetime of Purpose
By Robert J. Morgan
Chapter 18: The Art of Strengthening Yourself in the Lord
The Spiritual Discipline of Strengthening Yourself in the Lord
• Our response and attitude to situations in life can cause us to become
bitter, anxious, angry, cynical, discouraged, resentful and your heart has
hardened over the years.
• You may have the personality type that is naturally stubborn.
• Your attitude may have become one of entitlement.
How do you circumcise your heart?
• How do you strengthen yourself in the Lord?
• 1 Samuel 30:6 …But David found strength in the Lord his God.
Steps to Strengthening Yourself in the Lord
1. Take an inventory of your attitude under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
2. Confess your pride and the sins shown to you.
3. Spend time in God’s Word and let Him speak to you here.
4. Refocus your thinking –
- From the temporary to the eternal.
- From your control to God who has all things in His hand.
- Exchange your perspective for His.
5. Talk to yourself –
- If battling repetitive sin, remind yourself of God’s commands.
- If it’s self-pity, remind yourself of His cross.
- If it’s despair, remind yourself of His hope and His heaven.
- If embittering anger consumes you, remind yourself of His grace.
- If it’s ingratitude, remind yourself of His blessings.
- If it’s anxiety, remind yourself of His providential power
6. Keep Praying.
David’s Verses for Strengthening
Psalm 42:11 NIV
11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
David’s Verses for Strengthening
Psalm 62:5-6 NIV
5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
Summary Scripture for Strengthening Yourself
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet
inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary
troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So
we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is
temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
The Plan of Hope & Salvation
John 3:16 NKJV
16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 14:6 NKJV
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through Me.”
Romans 3:23 NKJV
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23a NKJV
23a For the wages of sin is death,
Death in this life (the first death) is 100%.
Even Jesus, the only one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to
pay the penalty for our sins.
The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in
Revelation 21:8 NKJV
8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral,
sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with
fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Romans 5:8 NKJV
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.
Romans 6:23b NKJV
23b but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Revelation 21:7 NKJV
7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be
Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to accept Jesus as our Savior.
Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that
God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one
believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto
Romans 10:13 NKJV
13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
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