Summary: FAther Abraham is the father of many nations. Even we, who have been grafted into the vine are now Abraham’s heirs. Because of that all the precious promises God made to Abraham are ours today. REach out and take one.
Pastor Jamie Wright * Maranatha Fellowship Church * 06-20-04
Genesis 12:1-5 1 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 you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 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."
4 So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan.
ABRAM was CALLED vs. 1 Now the Lord had said to Abram
It was a calling to leave residence, relatives and resources.
It was a calling of separation, surrender and sacrifice.
Calling of separation (vs. 1) Get out of your country
Earlier chapters in Genesis describe to us the conditions of the country Abram had been living in. Wickedness, evil etc…
2 Corinthians 6:17
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord,
Abram had to separate from his Father’s house (relatives)
And from his wealth (resources).
Calling of sacrifice (vs.1)
Abram was 75 years old when God called him to do this. He was not a young man he was set in his ways. He was leaving FAMILIAR THINGS. (Family and kin)
He was leaving the old for the new
Calling of surrender (vs. 1)
Abram left it all. He had to surrender everything he had to the hands of God. He wanted to obey God and follow God. He had to surrender his will.
ABRAM had a COVENANT vs. 2-3 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."
God made a covenant (contract) with Abram. It was an unconditional covenant. God did not say to Abram, “if you do this then I will do this.” God’s promises were unconditional. He was proclaiming Himself as an “I will God.”
It was a four-fold covenant:
a. God said, “I will make you a great nation
b. God said, “I will bless you and make you a great name.” (PROSPERITY)
c. God said, “I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you.” (PROTECTION)
d. God said, “I will bless all the families of the earth through you.”
God’s Covenant with Abram
It was a Simple Covenant- Very clear no strings attached
It was a Sovereign Covenant- Shows the power of God in His promises. We do not serve a “can do” God. We serve a “has done” God.
It was a Sizeable Covenant- Abram was concerned about having a son in his old age. God was more concerned with giving him more heirs than he could count. The blessing was so big it was going to blow Abram’s mind. More than the number of stars in the sky.