Summary: Be careful where you pitch your tent. Don’t sacrifice your walk with God for money or material possessions. Be careful where you pitch your tent. Lot is a prime example of improper priorities in his life.
“Look to the Stars”- Message II
The Life of Abraham
God keeps His promises; we must remain obedient to Him even when the future isn’t clear.”
INTRODUCTION OF SERIES
We are doing a series on Sunday mornings, titled, “LOOK TO THE STARS” The Life of Abraham.
The whole idea of the series that I want to get across is this, “God keeps His promises, but in order to enjoy those promises we must remain obedient to Him even when the future is not clear.”
We talked about the connection with obedience and blessing.
We spent more time talking about Abraham’s father, Terah, who left the land of Ur of the Chaldeans, a place in the Babylonian Empire to take his family to the land of Canaan. However, for some unknown reason, Terah never got to Canaan but he stopped at a place called Haran, lived there and died there. Terah died short of the blessing, died short of reaching the goal, died without ever getting to his destination which was Canaan.
We said that was a life, symbolic to many today, who know Jesus, who leave a lot of things in the world, but never go deep enough to enjoy the real blessings of God. We called that the TEMPTATION OF TERAH
We identified some possible reasons that hindered Terah that often hinders us in our Christian walk:
• Fear could have gripped his heart. He may have been afraid of the great nations that lived in Canaan.
• Complacency may have gripped his heart. He may have justified himself by saying, I am not living in Ur, where all the idolatry was, but I don’t think I want to go all the way to Canaan, I will just settle for Haran.
• Sorrow, Terah had lost a son named Haran before he left Ur, and maybe the town of Haran offered him some false comfort and kept him from moving forward for God.
TODAY WE ARE IN GENESIS 13
The Lord speaks to Abraham after his father died, and gave him clear instructions
“Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your Father’s house, to a land that I will show.
I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
There is something we need to stop and realize here, Genesis 12 is not the first time God called Abraham.
If you look in Acts 7, Stephen talked about Abraham to the High Priest and this is what Stephen said about Abraham.
“Brethren and fathers, listen: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran, and said to him, Get out of your country and from your relatives, and come to a land that I will show you. Then he came out of the land of the Chaldeans and lived in Haran. And from there, when his father was dead, He moved him to this land in which you now dwell” Acts 7:2-3
God keeps telling Abraham to leave his father and leave his family and that sounds cruel to us, but in fact Joshua 24:2 tells us why. Terah the father of Abraham served idols. Abraham was from a family of idol worshippers.
When Abraham left Ur, not knowing where he was going, it was only partial obedience because he took with him his family. Some of that family became a problem for him.
TWO THINGS I WANT YOU TO NOTE ABOUT ABRAHAM
Two things; I want you to notice about Abraham before we go on any further.
1) - It is important to note, that Abraham was a man of prayer.
You will constantly find during Abraham’s travels the phrase, “Abraham built an altar unto the Lord.”
There are four main altars Abraham is noted for building in scripture:
1. The altar of promise (Genesis 12:5-7)
2. The altar of intimacy (Genesis 12:8)
3. The altar of no return (Genesis 13:3-4)
4. The altar of possession (Genesis 13:17-18)
2) - God blessed Abraham.
By the time we get to Genesis 13.
We find That Abraham was very rich in livestock, silver and gold.
He and his nephew Lot went to a place called Bethel where Abram had built and altar to the Lord before and there Abram called on the name of the Lord.
Lot also had flocks, herds and tents and the land was not able to support both Abraham and Lot.