Summary: Delayed Obedience is Disobedience
Delayed Obedience is Disobedience
Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said
unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country,
and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee, a great nation,
and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And,
I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee, shall all families of the earth, be blessed.
Genesis 13:1-6 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
2 And Abram was very rich in cattle,
in silver, and in gold. 3 And he went on his journeys, from the south even to Bethel,
unto the place where his tent had been, at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai;
4 Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there, at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
5 And Lot also, which, went with Abram,
had flocks, and herds, and tents. 6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. Genesis 13:14-17 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
15 For all the land which thou seest,
to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
16 And I will make thy seed, as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. 17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it;
for I will give it unto thee.
God tells Abram of his plan to bless him and make him a blessing. *God also told us, of his desire to bless me and you* Have you ever received a Word from the Lord ???
God then gives Abram instructions to become this blessed man of purpose and promise.
1. He must leave his country and kindred = his relatives, and his father’s house.
2. Then, he must follow, with no knowledge
of where he is going. In total trust and faith.
Abram was surrounded, by an ungodly system of idolatry. God was calling Abram out of that Polytheistic system of many gods.
Like today, they worshiped many gods.
Our God will never be satisfied, to be among the other god’s of your life. Ex 20:3 No Other
Those who would follow God, must follow the example of Abram, and renounce and dethrone, every rival of the One True God, and crown Christ alone as Lord and Master.
Many of Gods people today are trying to serve God,,,, as just one in the number.
You want God, but you worship your career, or your boat, your house, your TV, phone.
You’re trying to fit God into a comfortable little time slot, where He, is in your life, but, He doesn’t inconvenience you.
People worship all kinds of gods.
There are those, who worship the god of convenience, look around, where are they ?
People worship the god of materialism, = (money and wealth) and the god of popular opinion,,,, politically and socially correct.
The god of personal fitness, their own body.
And they worship the god of recreation. (Sunday after Sunday multitudes of people worship the god of recreation, kneeling at the altar of boating, and skiing, and picnicking, and fishing) while the altar, of the one true God,, is left empty and alone.
Just like Nebuchadnezzar, who built a statue of his own,,,,, to be worshipped,,, as god, Multitudes of people in our churches have done the same thing, they have designed their own creation, and call it the God of heaven.
Their God, puts everything above the work of the Lord. Their god never chastises or disciplines them; he never hurts their pride or requires humility or submission. And best of all, Their god doesn’t interfere with their lives, he just sits on a shelf, waiting for them to have a problem, so they can pull him down and rub his belly like a magic lantern, then when everything is back to normal, they just put him back up on a shelf till the next time they have a problem. It’s sad but it is true.
God called Abram to come out of a hostile environment, (not necessarily hostile to Abram, but hostile to the gifts and calling
of God on his life. Hostile to the Lord…