He Walks with Us – Abraham – Sunday Notes

We’re current going through the He Walks with Us series. Last week we talked about Adam and Eve.  They walked with God in the cool of the day but decided that they would rather be like God instead of walking with God.  They were more concerned about their plan rather than God and this drastically changed their lives.

This week we looked that Abrahams story.  Abraham was called by God and promised that God would bless the entire planet through Abraham’s offspring.

 Abrahams entire story is in Genesis 12-25

Let’s look at Abraham’s calling and His faith:

Genesis 12:1–9 (ESV) — 1 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” 4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, 6 Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. 8 From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. 9 And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb.

It’s 2000 BC. Abram is 75 years old and God is asking him to leave everything. But he has given him quite a promise – I am for you and will bless the entire planet through you!

Notice also that Abram takes Lot and his family goes because he, Abram, is Lot’s surrogate father since Lot’s father had already died.  God send Lot goes as his child but ultimately we know that Lot chooses a much harder path later.

Also notice that Abram honors God for his blessings. (vs. 7,8)  He honored God for the blessing that he knew that he would receive and not necessarily the blessing that he had already received.  Do you honor God for future blessings?

It was over 500 miles from Haran to Canaan. That’s the distance in a series of more-or-less straight lines on a map. Of course mountain and desert paths are not straight lines. Imagine walking that distance at perhaps 10-20 miles a day, which would be really moving, so it probably was less each day and would have taken a really long time.(think walking to California)

What we see recorded is a long journey through mountains and deserts. Put yourself in Abrams shoes. Think about the long nights and the hot, humid days walking!

This journey took time, patience and faith – completely blind and trusting faith. Abram was walking into the unknown wasn’t he?

Abram’s journey lasted his entire life. It not only involved picking up and moving across the desert it also involved waiting on God to fulfill his promises.

 Abraham Wasn’t Perfect

If you look at Abraham’s life you will see that every time that he takes up the reigns in his own life that disaster occurs:

Think about the real mess that his family was in when he and Sarah rush to have a child through Hagar. Strife between the women. Abraham has to finally send his son away.

 But He Did Get it Right Sometimes

Look at Abraham’s life when he is patient and obedient to God’s plan. He believed so much that God was for him that it enable extraordinary faith

God tells Abraham sacrifice his son, Isaac, the promised son.   Most of us would definitely balk at this. We probably would doubt if it was from God. We would make every argument not to listen to God. It seems insane doesn’t it?

Genesis 22:1–3 (ESV) — 1 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.

Genesis 22:7–14 (ESV) — 7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together. 9 When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

The LORD WILL Provide – what a completely trusting statement. That is the key to Abraham’s faith. He knew and believed that beyond a shadow of a doubt that God would provide.

So let’s go back to the key verse of this series.

Micah 6:8 (ESV) — 8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

To walk humbly with God we can see great examples in the life of Abraham.

  1. He went where God said go.
  2. He trusted God with the unknown!
  3. He honored God regularly for his for his faithfulness and for providing what he needed.
  4. He trusted when things seemed impossible.
  5. He trusted when God didn’t make sense

How can we Practically begin:

  1. Staying in His Word – SOAP
  2. Getting out of your comfort zone.
    1. Older needs to mentor the younger. (Titus 2:3-8)
      • Older ladies – look around at the younger women and girls. Younger ones look at the older ones.
        Older men – look around at the younger men and boys. Younger ones look at the older ones
      • Each of you needs to pick someone in our church and have him or her to your house once or twice a month. The older folks need to mentor and share their stories with the younger ones.
  3. Pick a local charity or organization in town – give them some money – but more importantly give them some time.

The Take-Away

These are our travels through the desert that will get us to somewhere new. They will grow us in ways that we can’t even imagine. The will make us into people who walk with God because we’ll need to trust him with our fears and our questions.

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “He Walks with Us – Abraham – Sunday Notes”

  1. So glad you have this blog. Reading what you preached on Sunday is a great way to review and reinforce the message. I appreciate your doing a series.

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