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Summary: Part 5 of a study on the book of Genesis- focus on our relationships and responses

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Too hard?

Genesis 18:1-18:15

Have you ever been in a situation where everything seemed impossible?

I mean no matter how hard you looked

You could not see a way out of this mess you have made

No matter where you turned

Or how you turned it

Your situation seemed utterly impossible

Undoable

With men many things are in fact impossible

If you have kids

You have heard

The words

That’s too hard

Whether math homework’

Or cleaning their bed rooms

Maybe you like me have said those words yourself as a child or even as an adult

Maybe about a job

Digging post holes in clay or rocky ground

Too hard

Maybe putting in extra hours in an attempt to get ahead just a bit

Too hard

Maybe in a situation in your life you used these words

Financial disaster

That’s too hard

Serious medical problems

Too hard

Death or a friend or loved one

Too Hard

But

Sometimes

We see things in this world that seemed impossible

Happen

Think about the magic tricks we often see on television

They happen

Or appear to happen

But

Then we see that it was just a trick

Smoke and mirrors

You see we cannot go against nature or natural law

Magicians often seem to make things fly

Make things float

Make things disappear

But

It is just an illusion

You see

They are bound by natural law

And in man’s power those acts are impossible

Not so with God.

God does not have to perform a trick in order to do the impossible.

He is not bound by the forces of nature

Remember when he calmed the storm

Remember when he turned off the sun after Jesus’ death

Parted the Red Sea

You see

He created the nature

And

Nature answers to Him, not the other way around.

Our scripture this morning tells us about God doing the impossible.

How when we think something is impossible for man, we are right but for God, nothing is impossible.

Nothing too hard

Today we will continue with our sermon series from Genesis

People relating to God

Turn to

Genesis 18:1-15

The LORD appeared again to Abraham near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. One day Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent during the hottest part of the day. 2 He looked up and noticed three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran to meet them and welcomed them, bowing low to the ground.

3 “My lord,” he said, “if it pleases you, stop here for a while. 4 Rest in the shade of this tree while water is brought to wash your feet. 5 And since you’ve honored your servant with this visit, let me prepare some food to refresh you before you continue on your journey.”

“All right,” they said. “Do as you have said.”

6 So Abraham ran back to the tent and said to Sarah, “Hurry! Get three large measures[a] of your best flour, knead it into dough, and bake some bread.” 7 Then Abraham ran out to the herd and chose a tender calf and gave it to his servant, who quickly prepared it. 8 When the food was ready, Abraham took some yogurt and milk and the roasted meat, and he served it to the men. As they ate, Abraham waited on them in the shade of the trees.

9 “Where is Sarah, your wife?” the visitors asked.

“She’s inside the tent,” Abraham replied.

10 Then one of them said, “I will return to you about this time next year, and your wife, Sarah, will have a son!”

Sarah was listening to this conversation from the tent. 11 Abraham and Sarah were both very old by this time, and Sarah was long past the age of having children. 12 So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so old?”

13 Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

15 Sarah was afraid, so she denied it, saying, “I didn’t laugh.”

But the LORD said, “No, you did laugh.”

Focus with me on verse 10

10 Then one of them said, “I will return to you about this time next year, and your wife, Sarah, will have a son!”

What great news this should have been for Abraham and Sarah.

They had been waiting a long time for this

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