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04/24/13 – “The Patriarchal Period” X

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY

THE BIBLE STUDY SERIES

The Chronological Method of Bible Study

 


Tuesday in the Truth

April 23, 2013

 

The Patriarchal Period X

(The Courage of Abraham)

 

Wednesday in the Word

April 24, 2013

The Patriarchal Period X

(No Subtopic)

 

 

INTRODUCTION

  1. It takes courage to keep walking with God when we make faith missteps.
    1. Abram had to learn the faith process (how to walk by faith).
    2. The believer is led solely by the spirit of God and not sense realm evidence.  
      1. Romans 8:14
      2. II Corinthians 4:18
  2. God’s mindset is wealth.
    1. God desires for the believer to live a blessed life. (Scripture reference –  Proverbs 10:22)
    2. After salvation, God’s objective is to change the way we think. (Scripture reference – Isaiah 55:9)
    3. It’s time for the believer to take God at His word with courage and boldness. When there was darkness, God, Himself, boldly spoke light in Genesis 1:3.
    4. Numbers 23:19
      1. The word of God can change any situation.
      2. This is the badge of courage and confidence for the believer.
  1.          I.  God worked through circumstances in Egypt to get Abram back to Canaan.
    1. St. Luke 12:15-21[Emphasis verse 21]
      1. Abram left Egypt rich but not towards God.
    2. Hebrews 13:5 KJV & AMP
      1. When we walk with God, we must have confidence that God will never leave us even when we make faith mistakes.
      2. When there are missteps, we can temporarily lose fellowship with God but not relationship.
    3. Hebrews 11:1-2 [Emphasis verse 2]
      1. Abram eventually obtained a good [faith] report. 
  2.         II.    Consequences of Abram’s trip to Egypt (the world) for his source in a famine.
    1. Abram weakened his faith by going into Egypt consequently making it easier to repeat the same sin.
    2. Abram became a poor testimony.
      1. Abram’s worldliness gets into Lot.
      2. The king of Egypt misunderstands God as a result of Abram’s actions.
    3. In Egypt, Abram picks up Hagar.  Hagar becomes the source of the birth of Israel, a foreign nation. (Scripture reference – Genesis 16:3)
    4. Isaac retraced the steps of his father by going back to Egypt in the time of famine. (Scripture reference – Genesis 26)
  3.       III. Genesis 13
    1. In Genesis 13:1-4, Abram is worshiping again at Bethel.
    2. In Genesis 13:5-13, arguments ensue between Abram and Lot’s servants over grazing rights.
      1. Every blessing or promotion comes with some persecutions and inconveniences.  (Scripture reference – St. Mark 10: 29-30

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