Abraham the servant of God, the man of Faith, and a Prophet of God is rebuked by Abimelech – a pagan king. It is tragic when a servant of God fails in the sight of the world. What a poor witness he becomes to the worldly. How could Abraham talk to Abimelech about God almighty, who is able to work miracles? Abraham had destroyed his witness. And he received a rebuke from this pagan king. Sometimes Christians are rebuked by the world, & often we deserve it. Today many Christians are complying with the word of man, & denying the Word of God which exhorts Christians to “continue steadfastly in the Apostle’s Doctrine (Bible Study), Fellowship, in the Breaking of Bread, and in Prayers (Acts 2:42). And ”to obey God rather than man” (Acts 5).
Abraham made a very interesting proposition to the Lord, (Genesis 18)and it has a lot to do with us today, because we are fast approaching the Great Tribulation; when God is going to judge the wicked. There are many today who believe the church will go into the Great Tribulation, but they are denying the justice & righteousness of God. This is exactly what Abraham was pressing: “Shall not the judge of all the earth do what is right? …what if there are 50 righteous in Sodom & Gomorrah; it wouldn’t be right for You to judge them with the wicked. The same is true in considering God’s judgment in the Great Tribulation. The Lord of the earth will be just, He removed righteous Lot out of Sodom before He judged it, so He will remove His Bride, the righteous church, out of the earth before He pours out His wrath & judges it.
When God changed Abram’s name, (Genesis 17) He placed the ‘ha’ sound of breath in his name. God ‘breathed’ His Holy Spirit into Abram’s life, changing even his name to Abraham. When God changed the name of Abram’s wife, Sarai, He did the same thing by inserting the ‘ha’ sound of breath into her name He changed it to Sarah. By breathing His Holy Spirit of life into them God brought them both into a new dimension of life; the life after the Spirit. When you are Born Again, God will breathe His Holy Spirit into your life, and He will give you a new life, and a new name (Isaiah 62:2-Revelation 3:12).
“The Angel of the Lord” found Hagar by the spring of water”… Here, in Genesis 16, we have the first mention in the Old Testament of ‘The Angel of the Lord.’ We will find this title appearing many times in the Old Testament, and many Bible scholars believe that ‘The Angel of the Lord’ as seen in the Old Testament, is a Theophany, or Christophany, that is, a visible manifestation of God. Actually, I believe this ‘Angel of the Lord’ is Jesus Christ appearing in a form to mankind”. Pastor Chuck Smith 1927-2013 – – – –
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God told Abram “I Am your shield, and your exceedingly great reward.” In other words: “Abram; you’ve got Me you don’t need anything or anyone else” (Genesis 15). How true that is: The Lord is the Christian’s inheritance as well as their strength and shield. The person who has Jesus has all the resources and power they could ever need. And the resources and power of God can never fade away. How sad is the person who relies upon their own strength. Even if they are the strongest and wisest man in the world, his strength and wisdom is still limited. How blessed is the person who has learned to trust in Jesus and the strength of God.
“We first see Melchizedek in Genesis 14, then in Ps. 110. In the New Testament we meet Him in Hebrews 6, which was written to Jews who found it hard to simply believe in Jesus for their righteousness. They felt they needed a priest. So the author of Hebrews declared to them that they had a Great High Priest who was superior to the Levitical order, because He was a priest in the order of Melchizedek. So Jesus is our Great High Priest, not from the tribe of Levi, from which the priests came, but from Judah, from which the Kings came. Jesus is our Great High Priest & King. Notice the Order; He is the King of Righteousness and the King of Peace, and He is our Great High Priest. Melchizedek gave Abram bread & wine, and Abram gave tithes to Melchizedek. Jesus gave His disciples bread & wine at the Last Supper as He instituted the New Testament.
“Abram was probably feeling alone as his nephew Lot left to go to Sodom (Genesis 13). So it was at this lonely time that God was able to speak to Abram’s heart. And God made a covenant with Abram concerning Canaan land now that Lot had left, and Abram was finally in complete obedience to God’s command to leave everything. So God said to Abram: “Look North”, and Abram could see Mt. Hermon in the North. God said: “Look South toward the Negev. Look East toward the plains of Jordan. Look West toward the Mediterranean Sea”. God said “I will give all of this land to you, and your descendants forever.”
“Abraham wasn’t totally obedient at this point (Genesis 12). And this is very interesting, because Abraham is always held up as a model of faith in the New Testament; the model of a man who believed and trusted God. He’s looked at as a prime example of one who trusts and obeys. And so many times when we read about faith and the exploits of the faithful, we think, “But I’m so weak, and I’ve failed so many times, I don’t think I can do it”. Well, It is good to know that Abraham wasn’t perfect nor was his faith perfect. It’s good to know that you don’t have to be perfect, and your faith doesn’t have to be perfect for God to honor you. Pastor Chuck Smith
“GOD’S work flow is that of gathering. There was a time when it was scattering. Man built the tower of Babel which was intended to be the center of unity, the armory of power, and the seat of dominion from where some mighty Nimrod would use his scepter to rule over all humanity. But the Lord would not have it so. Infinite wisdom baffled mankind’s finite ambition! Man’s center is not God’s center, and therefore, He confounded their language and scattered them into nations by which the whole earth has been inhabited”. C.H.Spurgeon 1834-1892