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02/27/13 – “The Patriarchal Period” III – A Closer Look at the Development of Abraham

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY

THE BIBLE STUDY SERIES

The Chronological Method of Bible Study

 


Tuesday in the Truth

February 26, 2013

 

The Patriarchal Period III

(An In-Depth Look at Abraham)

 

Wednesday in the Word

February 27, 2013

The Patriarchal Period III

(A Closer Look at the Development of Abraham)

 

 

  1. Understanding the word of God
    1. St. Matthew 12:34-35
      1. Good things come from the good treasure that is in our hearts.  In other words, the things that we need come out of our hearts, not from God.
      2. The good treasure is released when we speak or decree the word of God. (Job 22:28)
      3. God’s word produces things.  For example, in Exodus 7-11,the words spoken by Moses were the catalyst to produce the 10 plagues (things) on Egypt.
      4. The word of God is the substance of things.  (Hebrews 11:1; Romans 10:17)
      5. The word of God gives things [hoped for] their substance.
    2. We study the Word to get an understanding or a Word to stand on to produce the thing we need.
      1. Substance: sub – under; stance – a standing position.  The word of God will give us something to stand under.
      2. If we can “under-stand” the Word, we will begin to produce substance out of the treasure of our hearts.
      3. Everything starts with a seed.  In the seed is the substance of a thing. (Proverbs 4:7).
      4. The things we are able to believe for from God are predicated on the quality of the Word that we understand.

 

INTRODUCTION

  1. Abraham was chosen by God to be the father of a new nation of people.  A group of people that has never existed before.  As believers, we are a part of this new nation of people.
  2. 6 blessings to the call of Abraham
    1. Abram [himself] would be blessed in his lifetime
    2. Abram’s name would be renown (God will make you famous)
    3. Abram would be a blessing to others
    4. Those who honored Abram would be honored
    5. Those that rejected Abram would be cursed
    6. Abram’s influence would be universal

 

  1.          I.            The development of Abraham
    1. Genesis 11:24-32
      1. Terah is Abram’s father.  Abram is mentioned by name because he is the one called to be the patriarch of a new nation of believers, not his brothers or sisters.  This implies that our destiny is not contingent on our family members. (verses 24 & 25)
      2. It is suggested that Abram was not the eldest sibling.  In this new family, God does not select based on chronological age.  Anything of value must be mined (refined).  God elevates a man based on the condition of his heart, not his age.   (verse 26)
      3. Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity is a phrase to explain Haran passed away before his father.  This passage shows the commonality of Abram.  (verse 28)
      4. The Chaldeans worshipped pagans.  Abram’s father was a god maker. This implies that God is not limited to who He calls.  (verse 28)
      5. God has different economies through which he deals with people, and many measures to reach man. (verse 29)
      6. God’s calling is transforming.  In the call, there is a provision to reverse barrenness.  (verse 30)
      7. Terah means tarrying or delay.  The inference here for the believer is to be cautious of the people that will delay arrival to our set place, even if it’s our biological father. In other words, we must keep our relationships in the proper order and perspective.
        1. God draws based on our commitment and faithfulness to Him and our Kingdom relationship.
        2. People can hold us back.
        3. Our heavenly Father must be prioritized higher than our natural father.
        4. Every relationship must find its proper place under God or the believer will experience delay.
        5. God may not be calling everyone with us, therefore we leave when God calls.  (verse 31)
          1. God may be using us to draw and influence other family members. (Psalm 68:6)
          2. Peter walked with Jesus but not his wife.
          3. We leave when God calls, so as to not become trained or accustomed to another’s voice, to verify or confirm what God has said.

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