Abram: Picture of the Believer

                                                                       Genesis 12:6-

Remembering who God has chosen to use for His work. 

(1Co 1:25-29) Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (26) For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:(27) But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; (28) And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: (29) That no flesh should glory in his presence.

Abram was an inhabitant of Ur, an important center of moon worship on the Great Euphrates. He is from the Godly line of Shem but most probable like his neighbors he is an idolatrous pagan. Though most of his ancestry has been forgotten, God has not forgotten.

What we see in the life of Abram is a picture of the life of the believer.  We have spoken of the statement of faith. The statement of faith, or call of salvation, is always followed by the call of separation. In the life of Abram God told him to leave his, country, his kindred, and his father’s house.

Separation is a lesson in faith and a lesson in obedience.

We will continue and look at the step of faith, the path of faith, the fight of faith.

  • The step of faith.(V4)
    • Abram took a step of faith.
      • Credit is given where credit is due. He left everything that he was accustom to. He went out on faith. He was being led by God to a place unknown to him.
    • He did two things. He pitched his tent, he built an altar.
      • Canaan was home to the descendants of the cursed son of Ham. These were a nasty barbaric people. By Abram’s actions he was showing them he planned on staying and he planned on worshipping.
    • Often folks start off well, but like a shooting star burn brightly one minute and fizzle out the next.
      • Abram had great intentions on living well for the Lord, but once in the land he was hit with a double blow. He discovered the land was inhabited by the foe, the Canaanite was there and there was a famine.
    • Many a new believer has found disappointment at the start of their new journey.
      • Things might have started good. Peace, friends, able to see blessing that has been around.
      • Then somebody lets you down, (somebody close). Persecution arises, you see Christians have faults, begin to realize the old nature is still very much alive and wanting control.
    • When Abram came to this land, because he was doing what God had told him to do, probably didn’t expect to encounter such obstacles.
      • In the gospel of Mark we have an account of the disciples in a mess. (Mr 4:37) And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. But just a little before that we have the 35th verse .(Mr 4:35) ¶ And the same day, when the even was come, he (Jesus)saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
      • Jesus was the one who put them there. He knew what was ahead but yet went on why?
      • Just like Abram, they were learning that where the child of God finds their blessing is where they also find their battles.
    • But Abram looked for a different solution. Escape.
      • Something of utmost importance here. We never see God telling him to leave. Fact of the matter we see God telling him “I give this land to you.”
      • Far too often, we find ourselves doing the same thing. Instead of seeing God’s blessing, we feel this can’t be right because it’s hard so we leave.
    • Forsaking the path of faith, for whatever reason, always brings its own complications. A whole series of events now followed Abram. Each one stemmed from his lack of trust in God.
  • Shift in faith.
    • There is no knowing how low a saint will sink when he is out of touch with God.
      • Sin makes the brave, cowards, makes the smart, stupid, and makes the cautious, carless.
    • (In V.11-13) we see one of the most treacherous, cowardly acts, seen in the pages of the bible.
      • It is performed by one whom you would not think is capable of plunging so low. But because of his reluctance to trust God he is on a downward path.
      • Sad thing about our choices they affect everyone we come in contact with.
    • Abram asked his wife to lie. Put her in danger of committing sin against God, put her in danger of defiling herself, because he was concerned with his own welfare.
      • So much for being a hero.
    • What we see is instead of Abram following God and His plan, he relied on what he learned as a pagan idol worshipper. Do it yourself.
      • So Abrams choice first had a negative impact on his wife but it doesn’t stop there.
    • The very thing that Abram was trying to avoid burst upon him like a storm.
      • Remember now; Abram was escaping what he thought was a mistake and he was making it better, he was fixing it. The good life was in Egypt that has to be where God wants me.
    • Pharaoh took Sarai and prepared her to be in his Harem. God took Pharaoh and prepared him to teach Abram a lesson.
      • God plagued the house of Pharaoh. It doesn’t say how but Pharaoh put two and two together and it equaled Abram.
        • So Abram choice affected his wife and Pharaoh and all Pharaoh’s house.
  • A smear on faith.
    • (v2-3) God had intended Abram to be a blessing to others, but because he rejected God’s way and substituted his own way, everything he touched seemed to turn bitter.
      • Abram in his holier than thou attitude was found to be the one the Egyptians needed to worry about not the other way around.
      • Pharaoh was more honorable then Abram.
    • It started with not trusting God. Then blind direction, then lying, belittling others, till the shame fell back on him.
      • You could almost hear the Pharaoh, “if that’s a believer I hope I never meet another one.”
    • Many a believer has left a bitter taste in the mouth of this lost world, all because we fail to trust God.
  • It was a hard and painful lesson but God brought Abram back to the beginning back to the path that was laid out.
    • A lot of folks keep going in circles. God has a big beautiful plan for you but we keep trusting ourselves to fix it. Make it right.
      • (Pr 21:16) ¶ The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
      • Today quit wandering. Come back, or come home.            

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