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Summary: Through God's promises to Abraham, we see how His promises never change.

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Introductory Considerations

1. Tommy knew that his father kept his promises. And so when his father promised to buy him a new bike, he was excited. But he would have to wait a year - when he would turn 8 years old. Tommy couldn’t wait. He wanted to make sure his father wouldn’t forget and he needed reassurance that he the promise would come true. So, at least once a week, he reminded his Dad by asking "Daddy, am I still going to get that new bike?" It bothered his father that his son kept asking him but he realized that for a young boy a year was a long time and being impatient as young boys can be, he would calmly tell him that he would keep the promise.

2. No matter what age we are, each of us may at times wonder if people will keep their promises to us. Perhaps a woman needs the reassurance from her husband that he still loves her or a father needs assurance from his son that he will remember to do the chores he promised.

3. The most important promise that we have ever received is a promise from God. The promise that He will watch over us and be our God.

4. God had promised Abraham a son and yet that promise seemed long in coming - in fact Abraham even questions in Gen 15 if God will still keep His promise.

5. As a loving Father, God assures Abraham that He will give what He promised. We also have received promises from God. At times we may question the promises He makes. We grow impatient and wonder if God may not have changed His mind.

6. And so God reassures us again and again of His promises to us - especially His promise to be our God and to take care of us if we are willing to trust in Him.

7. And to assure us further, it is important that we can see in God’s word that His promises do not change. He offers us life and calls us to accept His gifts of grace.

Teaching

1.Today as we continue to consider His covenant promises, we come to a pivotal refinement or development of the promises He already made with Adam and Eve, with Noah and with all creation.

2. As we look at God’s covenant with Abraham we will see how this covenant is connected to His past promises and to His promises to you and me today.

3. We find God’s promise to Abraham in chapters 12, 15 and 17. And while the words vary somewhat in each account, God promises to make Him a great nation, to give Him a promised land, and to make Him fruitful. He promises to set apart Abraham and his descendants as a special people who will receive God’s blessings and be a blessing to the world.

4. How do these promises tie in to what we have been talking about the last few weeks?

5. The promise of land ties in to the promise of creation being made for mankind. God had called man to be fruitful - now He promises Abraham that he will be fruitful.

6. The covenant is a bond in blood. God commits Himself again - and He confirms it through a ceremony in which Gen 15 in which the blood of animals is shed.

7. God sets the terms and He calls man to respond to His grace. He tells Abraham to leave the land and Abraham responds in faith. God provides for Abraham but as we will see, Abraham is called to trust and obey


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