Summary: This is a Father’s Day sermon based up Abraham, and why God called him to be the "father" of the nation of Israel.
Gen. 18:19 A Father Used by God
Intro: Today is "Father’s day". A day in which we want to honor someone very special.
Today, I would like for us to look at one of the main fathers in the entire Bible.
He is an O.T. character who due to his faith the entire world received a blessing
(the Messiah). This man is considered the "father of the Jews", the "father of the
nation of Israel." Listen as I read a few verses.
Gen. 17:5 "Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall
be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee."
Luke 3:8 "Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say
within yourselves, We have Abraham to [our] father: for I say unto you,
That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham."
John 8:53 "[The Jews said to Jesus] art thou greater than our father Abraham…."
Rom. 4:16 "Therefore [it is] of faith, that [it might be] by grace; to the end the
promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law,
but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us
Gal. 3:29 "And if ye [be] Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs
according to the promise."
It is because of verses like these we sing "Father Abraham".
How did Abraham become the "father of us all"? Or perhaps we should ask, why
did God choose him to become the father of us all. Out of all the people on the
earth, why Abraham? How did he get this job?
The answer is found in Gen. 18:19.
Prop: God can use a father like Abraham.
I. God could use Abraham because He knew him. "For I have known him…"
Know (Heb. Yada)
A. God’s knowledge of Abraham was intimate. Yada = intimate knowledge
It is used to speak of sexual intercourse (Gen. 4:1).
This shows the intimate knowledge God has for we humans.
B. God’s knowledge of Abraham was extensive.
Yada is used in Jeremiah 1:5.
"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out
of the womb I sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."
You see here God’s knowledge extends all the way to prior to our birth. He
knows us even before we were born.
God deeply knows everything about you, nothing is hidden from Him. It is as if
all is laid bear before Him.
In theology this is called the omniscience of God. God is all knowing.
God knows about our strengths, weaknesses, fears, thoughts, deeds, sins…
God knows these things yet He still initiates a relationship with mankind,
just like He did with Abraham.
II. God could use Abraham because he would fulfill His purpose.
"in order that" shows purpose
A. God wanted Abraham to lead his family.
"command" reflects a firmly established structure. A structure whereby one has
the right to rule by God, Himself. It means that God has placed someone in a
position to command others and to expect them to obey.
It is used of God commanding David (1 Sam. 13:14).
It is used of a king who commands his servants (2 Sam. 21:14).
It is used of a father commanding his son (Jesse & David; 1 Sam. 17:20).
President Bush, as a leader needs to set policy, set tone, set direction for his