Summary: To help better understand the importance of faith and obedience
FAITH WITHOUT OBEDIENCE IS DEAD
INTRODUCTION: Turn first to Genesis 12:1, and we will read verses 1-4 in this chapter of God’s Word in conjunction with what we have already read. The world would have never heard about Abraham had he not obeyed the command of God given in Gen. 12:1-4.
This was Abraham’s first experience with God. He had been born and raised in the land of the Ur of the Chaldees, Gen. 11:28. This would be the present Iraq, and at the time of Abraham, it was a land of idol worship. It is not likely that Abraham had heard of or from the God of heaven before this time. I see in this event the overwhelming of the presence of God. Abraham completely concedes his will and position to God. When a person comes in contact with God in the manner Abraham did, he will follow Him.
I. ABRAHAM’S OBEDIENCE WAS A COMPLIMENT OF HIS FAITH
A. There Were No Questions Asked.
Gen. 12:4, “...so Abraham departed...”.
I believe this is the same principle that James wrote about (James 2:20 KJV) "But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?"
(James 2:26 KJV) "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."
Obedience is the name tag for faith. No obedience - no faith. You will not live in obedience without faith, and neither will you live in faith and be disobedient. Jesus instructed His disciples, “If ye love me keep my commandments.”
Abraham was given a promise that was out of this world. It would seem too good to be true. A promise that would seem impossible to really happen; some voice out of the sky saying, “I will make a great nation”; I will bless all the families of the earth”. How would you feel to know that you were a blessing to all of the earth?
There were no questions asked.
B. There Were No Conditions Demanded.
Abraham didn’t bargain with God. He didn’t require any special benefits before he agreed to follow.
Let’s see the hands of those of you that would do what Abraham did. Would you leave your home, your family, and the land you loved and were secure in, for a place somewhere in the wild blue yonder? Abraham did. The destination was to be God’s choice. Perhaps everyday, Abraham would ask God, “Is this it”? Or, “Are we almost there yet?” God would reply, “No, keep on going.” Abraham would turn around to the camel train, and say, “Camels, Ho!”
His obedience was a compliment of his faith.
II. ABRAHAM’S OBEDIENCE WAS A COMMITMENT HE FOLLOWED.
A. Total Expectation Was Of God. Abraham fully expected God to provide any and everything that would be needed for the journey that he was beginning. How do we know that? By the fact that, “….Abraham departed…”. The journey would never have started if Abraham had not been expectant of God to fulfil His promise.
Gen. 15:6 says, “Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” Faith brought righteousness. Obedience brought faith.
If we are ever to be in a position to see what Abraham saw we must be committed in obedience. Do right no matter the situation.