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03/13/13 – “The Patriarchal Period” V – Characteristics of Abraham



The Chronological Method of Bible Study



Tuesday in the Truth

March 12, 2013


The Patriarchal Period V

(The Characteristics of Abraham)


Wednesday in the Word

March 13, 2013

The Patriarchal Period V

(Characteristics of Abraham)



  1. The power in the word of God
    1. In God’s word is the substance to produce things [in our life].
    2. In an apple seed there is the tree, countless apples, the stem, the apples’ coloration, and all the things necessary to produce apples.  In other words, in the apple seed there is all the information necessary to produce ripe apples.
      In the re-creation account, the Word produced the substance for light in Genesis 1:3.
    3. A more natural example is in a $10 bill. This is the substance of (10) $1 bills.   You can’t see the single $1 bills, therefore you need to understand how to convert it to its’ full value.
    4. As believers we must know the substance (power) in the Word and not let the enemy short-change us.
    5. There is a scripture from the word of God that will release everything we will ever need in life.
  2. The word of God is both word and thing which is the Hebrew word – dabar.
    1. The word of God is the substance of things.  (Hebrews 11:1).
    2. In the beginning, God’s word was making things. (St. John 1:1-3)
    3. The Word becomes flesh in St. John 1:14.
    4. Isaiah 55:8-11
      1. God was thinking light when He saw darkness; consequently, He spoke to light not to the darkness. (Genesis 1:2-3)
      2. The word of God becomes a thing.  (verse 11)
    5. Isaiah 14:12-14
      1. Even Satan understands the power in the Word to the degree he attempts to operate by God’s system.


  1.          I.            Characteristics of Abraham and the Patriarchal Period
    1. Characters – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Job
    2. Abram is considered to be the second of the seven greatest men who ever lived biblically.  Number one is the first Adam; 3-7 [respectively] – Moses, David, John the Baptist, Peter, Paul.
    3. In the Creation Stage, Genesis 1-11 deals with mankind as a whole.  In this Patriarchal Stage, God will employ the “rifle instead of the shotgun”.  He moves from the flood light to the spotlight, to the flashlight”.  In other words, God will deal with mankind as individuals.
      1. This means, as believers, our relationship with God is not based on what others do or are doing.
      2. Our attention is drawn from a world to a nation, to a family, to a tribe (of Jesse) and finally to one individual in the family, Jesus Christ.
      3. Abram becomes the father of this new [Word] nation, which as believers, we are also a part.  (Scripture reference – Galatians 3:26-29).
      4. There is no barrenness, barriers or bondage in this new nation.  Canaan was the promised land for Abram not Egypt.
    4. Abram’s conversion – Genesis 12-24, Acts 7:2
    5. The importance of Abram’s life cannot be underestimated.
      1. Abram is mentioned 308 times in the Bible (234 times in the Old Testament and 74 in the New Testament).
      2. The Book of Genesis covers 2350 years.  Genesis 1-11 covers 2000 years and Genesis 12-50 covers 350 years discussing Abram and his family
      3. Abram was born and reared in the Ur of the Chaldeans.  This is only 12 miles from the traditional site of the Garden of Eden.
      4. Abram’s call – Genesis 11:31-12:1; Joshua 24:3; Acts 7:2
      5. Abram’s commission is sevenfold (Genesis 12:1-3)

·           Genesis 11:31-32

  1. Abram’s disobedience allowed himself to become delayed in Haran.
  2. You can only connect with your promised land by obeying God.
  3. People can delay you and ultimately cause you to die (miss your destiny) in Haran.

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