The chapter before us breaks down into two main scenes. In the first we find the promise and the struggle to believe in verses 1 -15. We have already seen God giving Abraham assurances of the promises and bolstering his faith and here we find God doing the same for Sarah. Then in the second scene we find the plan and the intercession. God has a plan, which included Abraham and his prayers for the lost.
The Fear of God: Lesson 10
We started talking about what kind of person does not fear God. A person who is arrogant, greedy, and gluttonous. Today we are going to talk about a few more topics. Liars do not fear God. This sin of lying prevents us from fearing God.
Abraham is a normal man and his faith ebbs and flows depending on the situation he finds himself. His desire is to grow in the faith and to be pleasing to the Lord but he still struggles. His view of God is still too small. But here in chapter 17, and specifically the section we are looking at today, God is trying to expand Abraham’s view. Abraham’s view of God is still too small. It needs to grow and keep growing.
In this lesson, we discuss the privileges of having the fear of God.
You see, people often see a stark division between the Old and New Testament. Some will suggest that there is a God of the Old and a different God in the New. They see very little continuity between the Testaments or the way that God acts. But we as Christians know that this is not the case. There is one covenant-making God. He might have made different covenants at different times and set different terms, but he is the same God.
We continue discussing where a godly fear of God flows from.
As you read through chapter 17, there is one phrase that is repeated over and over by God. It is, “I will.” God says “I will” twelve times in this passage. In the paragraph we have before us we have five instances of “I will”. Along with these, “I will” statements are several “shall” statements. Do you kind of get the feeling of what is happening here?
In this lesson we continue to discuss how to have a lasting godly fear in our lives.
And now we arrive again at one of those moments in Abram’s life where his feet almost slip. And why? It’s not because his enemies are gathering around him. It’s not because he is an enemy of God. It’s because of his own doing. Let’s look at what happens and as we do I want to ask four questions. Do we trust enough? Who is good? Does God care? Can we wait?